Occupy Wall Street protest in Washington, D.C.

'Occupy' protesters get out of hand in Washington, D.C.

Most Americans would agree that shoving old women to the ground, using four-year-old children as roadblocks and defecating on the porches of private citizens is neither a peaceful nor dignified way to conduct a protest.

However, this shameful behavior appears to be all too common at the various Occupy movements, as The Heritage Foundation’s Mike Brownfield’s coverage of Occupy D.C. illustrates:

At one point, a 78-year-old woman who was attending the event was knocked down some stairs while attempting to get around the protesters, as this video shows. She reportedly wound up with a bump on her head and a bloody nose. One occupier forced her children into the center of the protest, and four protesters were injured by a car when they were intentionally obstructing traffic. D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said of the violence, “That is no longer a peaceful protest” and that the protesters have become “increasingly confrontational and violent toward uninvolved bystanders and motorists.”

Occupy Wall Street has been called many things, but one label that is becoming less and less applicable is “peaceable.”

Week after week, more stories of verbal and physical abuse make it apparent that any semblance of lawful protest the movement may once have had is giving way to a general attitude of mob violence and disregard for the law:

In New York, women were recently forced to set up a “safety tent” after a rash of sexual assaults and fear of more sexual predators joining the protests. In October, Baltimore occupiers discouraged women from reporting sexual assaults and rapes to the police. Also in New York, an occupier turned violent this week in a McDonald’s often used for bathrooms when the restaurant refused to give him free food.

Meanwhile, Heritage’s Lachlan Markay reports, the “protests are exacting a significant toll on businesses in the cities where they have set up camp.”

“Oakland has been hit hardest,” he explains on Heritage’s Scribe blog. “A week after ‘Occupy’ protesters there rioted, vandalizing local businesses and clashing with police, city merchants say their sales are down by as much as 60 percent.”

Despite this, President Obama and liberals in Congress continue to stand by their endorsements of the protests.

What do you think? When is a protest no longer considered peaceful?

Comments (4)

HES - November 15, 2011

I believe this gang-takeover of parts of cities never was intended to remain “peaceable.” And it was not spontaneous. The list of sponsors and supporters makes this pretty certain. It probably is to persist all winter, and come back even more virulent and violent next year during the election season, probably to disrupt campaigning and even voting in vulnerable precincts. Their intention to “destroy and rebuild better” is dead serious with the emphasis on destroy. Any fool with a match can destroy the work of a year and 100 skilled builders; it requires real skill to build something useful and useful.

Lincoln Craighead - November 17, 2011

OWS has no management and therefore no way to prevent radical elements from getting into the action. The inevitable results are here.

Joseph McKennan - November 19, 2011

OWS bears striking similarities to the people who spike trees so that loggers will be seriously wounded or killed when their chainsaw hits the spike. They are anarchists derived from left-wing so-called peaceniks who show their true colors when they don’t get their way IMMEDIATELY. They are cut from the same cloth as the bolsheviks in 1917 Russia, ACORN in 2011 America, and big brother in Orwell’s “1984”. The real irony is that the press gives them credibility and gives them a standing ovation. Meanwhile the Tea Party was reviled by the press and Pelosi referred to them as an angry mob — who by the way — have never defecated on Pelosi’s doorstep or been vioent in any way.

Joseph McKennan - November 19, 2011

scratch vioent — I meant violent

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