Thursday, November 17, 2011

Occupy Protesters DO NOT Represent The 99%!

The "Occupy" movement that has spread across the United States is a definite showing of people taking advantage of the Freedom of Speech.  In fact, the Founding Fathers are likely rolling in their graves because these "99%" protesters are abusing the freedoms citizens of the U.S. constitutionally receive, as a gift and honor, from those who fought for our freedoms in the days of the Founding Fathers to today.

I can tell you that these protesters do not represent the 99%.  To the point, these protesters only represent themselves.  Many of these people who are involved in the "Occupy" movement don't respect the laws where they are protesting in the first place.  Let me list the ways that I personally feel these "99%" don't represent the actual 99% and the ways they are making America look like a joke to the rest of the world...

  • defecating on cars and on other properties like animals
  • "representing" while being unkempt from the beginning and obviously not employment material
  • attempting to block the actual 99% from entering their places of employment
  • disrupting road traffic, causing issues for the real 99% in getting to and from their employment or their interviews for employment
  • disrupting mass transit, doing the same as the above
  • destruction of private and public property
  • costing taxpayers millions of dollars to clean-up encampments, repair property, additional numbers of police being placed on active duty and for longer hours, etc.
  • causing pollution due to traffic jams and costing the taxpayer more money in refueling after being stuck in said traffic jams
  • protesting against Wells Fargo and then turning around and depositing money there
  • causing traffic accidents
  • spewing hatred instead of offering solutions (and possibly thinking of showering, shaving, and looking for employment)
  • etc.
Here are some links for the backing up of the above statements...

"After a hard day at work, my husband was stopped in traffic for TWO+ solid hours, because of OCCUPY. There were accidents caused because of them today. They chose a time that could CAUSE accidents (Rush Hour.) He saw them being belligerant to police; the videos only show the aftermath, not what led up to the “pepper spray.” He was not feeling well, and he could not move, or leave his vehicle. Their rights? They TRAMPLED HIS rights. He was GLAD the police were there.
Comment by Nancy Leff — November 15, 11 7:08 pm"  RE:Occupy Seattle

"Occupy Oakland's costs to its host city are growing - and no end is in sight.

The city said Monday that it had spent $2.4 million since the first tent was pitched at Frank Ogawa Plaza on Oct. 10, including $1.1 million in police costs alone. Those expenses shot up sharply with Monday's sweep to clear out the encampment outside City Hall.

The 13 outside law enforcement agencies that sent officers to help Oakland police will charge a total of $500,000, officials said.

Read more: RE:Occupy Oakland

"The First Amendment is not absolute. Government can make reasonable stipulations about the time, place and manner a peaceable protest can take place, as long as those restrictions are applied in a content-neutral way.

"But what constitutes a reasonable time, place and manner restriction? 'It depends on the context and circumstances,' said Geoffrey Stone, a professor specializing in constitutional law at the University of Chicago. 'Things like noise, blockage of ordinary uses of the place, blockage of traffic and destruction of property allow the government to regulate speakers.'

"Stone gave a few examples of impeding ordinary usage: disturbing patients at a hospital, preventing students from going to school, or, more relevant for the Occupy movement, disrupting the flow of traffic for a long period of time."

"... protesters said they planned to get arrested by pushing their way onto the bridge at 8 a.m."Occupy Oregon

"New York City police handed out notices from Brookfield Office Properties, owner of Zuccotti Park, and the city saying that the park had to be cleared because it had become unsanitary and hazardous. Protesters were told they could return in several hours, but without sleeping bags, tarps or tents." Occupy Wall Street

Posted: 12:30 PM Nov 14, 2011
Cities Struggle To Deal With Occupy Movement
Police arrest 32 as they clear downtown Occupy Oakland camp.
Reporter: CNN Posted By Doug Brown
San Francisco (CNN) -- Police in riot gear moved into the Occupy Oakland encampment early Monday, tearing down tents and arresting some protesters, the latest effort by city officials across the country to gain control over a movement that some leaders say has become a public safety and health threat.

Oakland, California, police, aided by dozens of officers from nearby jurisdictions, arrested 32 people in the effort to clear Frank Ogawa Plaza near City Hall before dawn Monday, Interim Chief Howard Jordan said. There were no reports of injuries or complaints of abuse, he said.

The camp had become an unbearable drain on city resources, an economic threat to nearby businesses and a danger to public safety, Mayor Jean Quan said.

"The encampment became a place where we had repeated violence and this week a murder. We had to bring the camp to an end before more people were hurt," she said.

The developments in Oakland come amid rising concern from city officials around the country that the protests drain resources and threaten public health. What started as the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York in September has spread across cities worldwide as a call to action against unequal distribution of wealth and other issues.

In Philadelphia, Mayor Michael Nutter said Sunday that what started as a peaceful protest 39 days ago has given way to increasing public safety and public health concerns.

"Occupy Philly has changed," Nutter said. "We're seeing serious health and safety issues playing out on an almost daily basis. ... The people of Occupy Philly have also changed and their intentions have changed. And all of this is not good for Philadelphia."

A woman reported she was sexually assaulted Saturday night in a tent at the encampment, Nutter said. CNN affiliate WPVI reported a suspect was arrested in the alleged assault.

The mayor also cited the threat of fire near historic City Hall and concerns about litter, public urination, defecation and graffiti.

Numerous reports of thefts and assaults in the encampment have been made, and 15 emergency medical runs were made between October 6 and November 11, he said.

Protesters are also blocking a planned $50 million renovation at Dilworth Plaza, where they are camping, threatening jobs of workers on the project, Nutter said.

The protesters are "purposely standing in the way of nearly 1,000 jobs for Philadelphians at a time of high unemployment," Nutter said. "They are blocking Philadelphians from taking care of their families."

"We have things we need to do," Nutter said. "I understand that they have things on their mind as Americans and wish to express their free speech. I understand that, I get that, I've defended that. The things we're talking about, the activities that are going on, are not about free speech. They're public health and public safety concerns that have nothing to do with Wall Street and corporations."

In Oregon, Portland police made more than 50 arrests Sunday as they cleared two parks -- Chapman and Lownsdale Square -- of protesters.

Police called in reinforcements from surrounding jurisdictions, and more than 300 officers took part in the sweep -- which went off without incident, authorities said.

In Denver, police arrested three protesters on Sunday, a day after taking 17 people into custody in a dispute over clearing furniture and tents that city officials said were blocking a right of way.

Police in Tulsa, Oklahoma, arrested six people and issued four citations for remaining in a park past curfew Sunday night, Officer Jason Willingham said.

In Salt Lake City, police said on Twitter that 19 people were arrested Saturday night as authorities moved in to clear an Occupy Salt Lake encampment at a downtown park.

Police had ordered protesters to leave the park after a man was found dead late Thursday night. The cause of death was thought to be carbon monoxide poisoning and a drug overdose, CNN affiliate KSTU reported.

"We can no longer tolerate individuals camping on our streets," Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank told reporters.

Since camping began at the park, "local law enforcement has responded to a dramatically increased amount of criminal activity in the park and has made over 90 arrests in the area since early October," Mayor Ralph Becker's office said in a statement.

City officials said that protests would be allowed, but not camping.

In Nashville, authorities dismissed charges against 55 Occupy protesters who had been given trespassing citations. The protesters had been demonstrating at the state Capitol grounds.

The prosecutor in the case asked that the charges be dismissed, and the judge agreed, Tennessee General Sessions Court administrator Warner Hassell said.

The Oakland operation will likely cost the city between $300,000 and $500,000, City Administrator Deanna Santana said.

City officials planned to clean up the plaza and reopen it to protests by Monday evening.

Jordan said city officials will enforce a ban on camping in the park with an around-the-clock police presence. But he said peaceful demonstrators would be allowed to remain at the site around the clock, if they wished, so long as they don't bring tents, sleeping bags or other "lodging equipment."

"If you're not breaking the laws, we're not concerned about your presence," he said.

The plaza was one of two Occupy camps in the city. The other, at Snow Park, remained standing Monday. Jordan said police would not move against that camp on Monday, but added it could be dismantled later.
read more atStruggle To Deal With "Occupy Movement"

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