A Photo to Spark a Movement: OWS at UC Davis
(photo: Wayne Tilcock/Davis Enterprise; Original is at: http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/275-42/8485-uc-davis-police-violence-adds-fuel-to-fire)
Two iconic photos defined the horrors of the war against Viet Nam and helped to galvanize the anti-war movment: the photo of a student shot dead by National Guard troops at Kent State, and the summary execution by a South Vietnamese officer of a defenseless POW.
OWS has its picture, of a campus cop getting his jollies off spraying defenseless students who are already prostrate on the ground. Clearly this had nothing to do with preventing violence, protecting the community, or even controlling the students. They were already controlled.
This is the photo that Mayor Bloomberg ought to have on his wall. This is what happens when you unleash thugs against peaceful protestors. This is what it comes to when elected officials refuse to allow dissent.
Mayor Bloomberg goes out of his way to make it possible for the rapacious thieves to go to work every day on Wall Street so that they can continue to rake in billions while destroying America. He keeps the taxis on the roads, allows the executive jets and helicopters to ferry the top 1% to and around Manhattan. He keeps the trains rolling. He sends in the crews to cart off their trash.
But he refuses to find some way to let peaceful protestors say their piece. He won’t allow any amplified sound. He now takes away sleeping bags. No heaters to keep out the cold.
I’m sure that he and his staff sit in their sumptious offices and giggle about the constraints they’ve put on the protestors. They no doubt find humor in the contrast between the way they bend over backward to please the 1% on Wall Street, but confiscate blankets and even burn the books of those who would dare to protest Wall Street’s crimes. Next he’ll probably ban umbrellas, then coats and shoes.
Take another look at the picture. This is the USA nearing the end of 2011.
This is what it’s come to.
16 Responses to “A Photo to Spark a Movement: OWS at UC Davis”
The other iconic photo is the lone protestor stopping a column of tanks in Tiananmen Square. It should be the Occupy logo.
We shall overcome.
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