Thursday, May 24, 2012

A Crack In The Wall - Police Join Protest Marches

There seems to be some cracks in the wall protecting the corporate controlled state.

The reports of police in Britain and elsewhere protesting is evidence that the police perhaps do put their pants on one leg at a time like other human beings. They have mortgages, kids, bills, and most want to  protect and serve the public, whether you want to believe it or not. What I have seen, especially here in Seattle, is the occupy movement being co-opted by individuals who's main focus is their hate of the police. Or individuals who throw rocks through the Mayor's picture window because of his perceived opposition to protesters or support of the police. I think this focus is misguided and juvenile because the occupy movement is about the 99% versus the 1%. 'Beat officers' are definitely not economically speaking part of the 1%, but they are the pawns of the corporate state. Our focus should be to break this bond not reinforce it.

I am not saying that individual police officers have not perpetrated some horrendous crimes in the name of law enforcement, abused their power, or even murdered. This criminal activity should be prosecuted. But that aspect of police activities should not become the main focus of the occupy movement. Our purpose is the dismantling of a corporate oligarchy that corrupts our economic and political institutions and is at war with nature. 
"Our efforts must be directed toward acts of civil disobedience, to chipping away, through nonviolent protest, at the pillars of established, corporate power. The corporate state is so unfair, so corrupt and so rotten that the institutions tasked with holding it up—the police, the press, the banking system, the civil service and the judiciary—have become vulnerable. It is becoming harder and harder for the corporations to convince its foot soldiers to hold the system in place." Chris Hedges November 2011

Note: I early posted a photo supposedly of Frankfurt police who had removed their helmets and join in the protest on May 19th. This photo has apparently been debunked as a photoshop. But whether the photo was doctored or not, we will have to find out,  I don't think it changes the point of my post.

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