In San Francisco last night, members of the #occupy movement got an early start on protests scheduled across the nation today. May 1 is celebrated by “workers’ groups” tied to left wing nuts, communists and labor union bullies in part by gathering with black bloc friends to break windows, spray paint business exteriors and vandalize cars.
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As a legitimate protest as determined by the SFPD, it seems the cops rolled over and just let it all happen. (There are no reports of any arrests overnight.) Here’s the in-depth article from the SFGate that is so damn short I had to use the entire thing. Please do click here anyway.
A large group of protesters marched from Dolores Park shortly after 9 p.m. Monday night and vandalized parts of the Mission District, including the San Francisco Police Department’s Mission station at 630 Valencia Street.
At least a dozen businesses, including Tartine Bakery at 18th and Guerrero streets and Locanda restaurant on Valencia, had their windows broken out and were splattered with paint and food. Vehicles along Valencia and Guerrero streets had windows broken out – an Aston Martin had its windshield shattered and brown paint covered the hood.
After the attack on Mission station, 15 to 20 officers lined up outside to guard the station. The group moved north on Valencia, with the crowd breaking up at 12th and Folsom streets, police said. One officer said of the vandalism, “It was like the station was under siege.”
Curiously, you need to go to Big Government to get more details and a little bit of analysis. (Language warning, with my emphasis in bold.)
A crowd of about 50 protestors gathered at San Francisco’s Dolores Park, most wearing the now familiar black masks of the Black Bloc. Police were stationed at the perimeter but made no attempt to break up the gathering mob of mask wearing hoodlums. Then the group left the park and broke windows, threw garbage cans and painted anarchist symbols on street signs, businesses and cars in the area of Mission and 16th Street. The group was shouting “Fuck the police” and “Here, piggy piggy!” They were met by a phalanx of riot police, who caused the group to scatter.
The Strike May 1st website that calls for today to be a day of no work, no school and no business as usual included the following text on a post that has since been scrubbed from the site. Again, thanks to Big Government and Breitbart News for capturing this call to action that resulted in criminal activity I’m certain the business and car owners are perfectly OK with. My emphasis in bold.
We call on our comrades from every corner of the Bay to descend upon Dolores Park, 8pm April 30th, for a ruckus street party to counter gentrification, capitalism, and the policing of our communities.
Yeah, those cops … when they protect and serve … we can’t have that.
Everyday should be strike day.
Is it not already for these fools? That’s the point of #occupy is it not?
They’ve stolen our lives. They’ve stolen our health. They’re taking over every inch of our cities and pushing us nowhere. If there is anything we have learned from the last six months it is this: May 1st isn’t the only day for striking, and isn’t only a day for workers. April 30th kicks off a string of actions in the Bay Area against all who would take our lives from us.
San Francisco, once a stronghold of the dispossessed, has become a playground for the rich and a living hell for those of us who can’t keep up or have no interest in capitalist relations. Homelessness, gentrification, racist police murders, the displacement of all that is queer, outrageous rent prices, our list is endless: it is time to reclaim our playground.
This morning the Bay of Rage site still has the above post, and they even have a flier. These guys are really good and making fliers… and videos of their exploits. Nine straight minutes of screaming and destruction…