You’re in for a big surprise
If you go down to Tent City today
You better go in disguise…
…preferably in a hazmat suit:
And while you’re at it, it might not be a bad idea to get a rabies shot:
Vancouver police chief Jim Chu said today that the Occupy Vancouver tent city has been “infiltrated by a violent element” and that it is time for the protesters to leave the encampment peacefully. [...]
The VPD chief constable said that two police officers were sent to the hospital Monday night with “human bite wounds” after they attempted to stop protesters from pushing and shoving firefighters who were trying to extinguish a burning fire in a barrel.
That distant flushing sound you hear is public opinion of Occupy Vancouver and Victoria, swirling in the proverbial bowl.
I don’t know how the other Canadian Occupy protests are faring but as far as BC is concerned, my early ambivalence is seemingly being validated before my eyes. Nature abhors a vacuum, and in the absence of the populist causes driving the US movement, I suspected that many of the original protesters would soon leave. With them would go their good intentions and behind them they’d leave the “tent cities” to the jobless, homeless and more brain-damaged elements of the street, with the predictable mayhem ensuing. Even death.
I seriously wonder if any of the original “occupiers” who were protesting banksters, rampant corporate greed and the raw deal given the middle class, are even there any more. Certainly the savagely absurd little list of “demands” that came out of Occupy Vancouver last week (which they’ve since scrubbed from their website and backed away from) had little to do with the middle class, other than as a target for wealth redistribution.
Not that they should be forced to end their protest — if they want to protest, they have a right to do so. But at a time when they should be doing damage control and reaching out to the people they purport to be “fighting for”, things are getting increasingly weird. I mean, really… asking for donations of necessities like blankets I can see, but walkie-talkies? Dedicated internet? Condoms??