I’ve been trying to follow as much as the OWS movement as possible, but I must say that I mostly spend my time focusing on what happens on my side of the equator, and mostly what happens in my country, South Africa.
It was with shock then, that tonight, after going through the local papers I popped over to http://www.rt.com (Russia Today) and saw some video footage (http://on.rt.com/mfpbpo) of how the American police treated the people they swore to protect.
If you don’t know what OWS is about, then here is a brief summary found on Wikipedia
Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is an ongoing series of demonstrations in New York City based in Zuccotti Park in the Wall Street financial district. The protests were initiated by the Canadian activist group Adbusters, mainly protesting social and economic inequality, corporate greed, corruption and influence over government—particularly from the financial services sector—and lobbyists. The protesters’ slogan, “We are the 99%”, refers to the difference in wealth and income growth in the U.S. between the wealthiest 1% and the rest of the population.
This for me is a worthy cause, and it is also why I’ve been trying to follow the movement to see if something similar could be done here in South Africa, since we are sitting with the same problems down here.
What bothers me about what I saw tonight is the violent reaction from the American Police, with one of the protesters, a US Marine called Scott Oslen being shot at close range against the head, fracturing his skull.
Another Irak war veteran called Sgt. Shamar Thomas (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5wTWIP2p5w&feature=player_profilepage) came out and stood up against the way the police treated the civilized, but dissident protesters in the link above.
Maybe it is time that America start focusing on what is happening in their own House, before they meddle in the affairs of other countries, like Iran for instance.
America does not like the world to know what is happening on it’s own doorstep, thus you you will only find moderate or diluted versions of the story in the American Press about it, but RT is a good source of info should you want to find out more about it.
Lastly, I can’t help but wonder, with the American leaders being backed into a corner regarding foreign policy and the economic and social crisis which they are experiencing, what will be next? FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) camps filled to the brim with dissident OWS protesters?
My heart and hopes go out to the decent American people out there