Occupy Oakland Protesters Hit By Mercedes
Two Occupy Oakland protestors were hit by a Mercedes-Benz as they were blocking the street.
Two Occupy Oakland protestors were hit by a Mercedes-Benz as they were blocking the street, the San Francisco Chronicle reports:
A car struck two Occupy Oakland protesters tonight as they marched with a crowd along Broadway, and an angry mob surrounded the car as emergency workers tended to the injured.
The driver, who was not identified, sat in his silver Mercedes-Benz sedan after the 7:30 p.m. incident while hundreds of people screamed at him through his closed windows.
The incident happened when the driver was heading south on 11th and was blocked by streams of marchers walking along Broadway, witnesses said. He had a green light, but could not get through.
Hartwig said witnesses had differing accounts of what happened, with some saying the driver appeared to have gunned the Mercedes into the victims in frustration and others saying he had been provoked by activists pounding on his car.
If this happened in a movie, we’d be rolling our eyes at the over-the-top metaphor. Meanwhile, in stark contrast to other Occupy protests around the country, it’s really getting ugly in Oakland, with an overly aggressive police force and some hooliganism locked in a self-reinforcing cycle.
No discussion on this topic would be complete without Janis Joplin’s contribution: