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Occupy Around the Ists: Tear Gas, Lost Virginity and Banksy
Here's a round-up of Ist coverage of the Occupy Wall Street protests around the world in the last week or so (it's hard not to make an exception for hipster cop).
- In case you were living under a rock this week, the Oakland Police Department pulled out all the stops — riot gear, tear gas, rubber bullets, flash grenades — to clear out Occupy Oakland. An Iraqi war veteran Scott Olsen was critically injured. All eyes turned to Oakland: Jon Stewart was baffled, Michael Moore parachuted in, a sign calling for the mayor's resignation made it to the main display on the New York Times' homepage, Salon.com called out the San Francisco Chronicle for its
shittylackluster Occupy coverage and after all that, Occupy Oakland is still going strong, though, unsurprisingly, the movement has a renewed focus on fighting against police brutality.
- Occupy DC did not decide to secede from the union, however the Smithsonian would love to have some of their signs when they're done with them.
- Occupy Wall Street sounds like a really great party. Kids are drinking Four Lokos and losing their virginity, Katy Perry stopped by with Russell to say hi and there's a hipster (or "hipster") in the corner trashing everyone's fashion sense. It sounds like the best party ever, except for a police group vowing to seek monetary damages from any occupier who lays a finger on a cop.
- There's no Occupy Shanghai yet, but that hasn't stopped cops from trying to find foreign occupiers.
- Occupy LSX celebrated its first week and expanded to a new site, and Banksy showed up and created a protest-appropriate Monopoly board.
- Seattlest took a critical look at its local movement. The verdict? They've totally blown it.
- A local columnist in Chicago complained that Occupy Chicago was too young and white.
- Occupy Toronto marched to City Hall with some local as well as global demands.
- In Los Angeles, politicians were really gung ho about the protest and handing out ponchos in the rain, but now they're starting to lose their patience. Vendors at the Farmers Market are pissed that they've lost their spot on the City Hall lawn, and the city is worried that fixing their lawn will cost $400,000.
- In the meantime, some common concerns are popping up around different occupy sites. Sanitation was brought up as a concern in Oakland before it was raided, and the same is true at Occupy DC and other sites. How to deal with the population on the other end of the spectrum from the 1 percenters — the homeless — has been a problem many of the movements, including Occupy Wall Street and Occupy DC.