Three Views of Occupy San Diego the Day After the Cop Riot

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Mark Gabrish Conlan writes: October 28 was a key day in the three-week history of Occupy San Diego. San Diego police officers raided both the main Occupy campground at the Civic Center plaza and the satellite encampment at Children’s Park across from the Convention Center the OSD people had planned to use as a backup. Over 40 people were arrested, and some were still in custody during the evening rally. An empty water-cooler bottle was passed around for people to donate to the bail fund... Though the police pretty much left the Civic Center occupiers alone [the evening of the labor rally], they were there in force and they made sure OSD couldn’t leave the plaza to march through the Gaslamp Quarter after the rally, as they had planned... --Read More--

Rocky Neptun writes: In spite of the 51 arrests early Friday morning,Occupy San Diego managed to hold the Civic Center Plaza, what some young people are calling 'Freedom Plaza," through the night and into Saturday morning. After a tense standoff with about 30 police officers over one of the two arrests during the night and a noisy march through downtown, occupiers meeting at their nightly General Assembly split evenly over whether to continue to occupy the plaza, but since there was not a single block on the action, about 75 OCCSD folks stayed. --Read More--

another person with a camera writes: San Diego is approaching the hundredth anniversary of the The Free Speech Fight (1 | 2), where the Industrial Workers of the World challenged the elites' limitations on labor organizing by attempting to speak on the streets standing on a soapbox. The growing geographical separation between the elites and the workers, the privatizing of public space, the locked gates, the destruction of community, the atomization of daily life, the corporate media's parroting of the elite viewpoint, and the private security goon squads have all made temporary soapboxes insufficient for anything meaningfully approaching free speech. The modern day occupation movement has incorporated this realization, whether consciously or not, into its strategy of creating permanent occupations close to concentrations of power and privilege. --Read More--

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