Looks like the “Join us or else!” mentality is growing violent at Occupy Cal in Berkeley, where an (apparent) OWS protester assaulted a female student when she gave the wrong answer about going to the Occupation protest:
A man threw an aluminum water bottle at a UC Berkeley student Thursday evening on campus, causing minor injuries to the victim’s face.
At about 5:09 p.m., the female student was approached by a man at “the northeast exterior of the Haas Pavilion,” according to a UCPD crime alert. The man asked the suspect if she was going to the protest on Sproul Plaza, and when the victim answered “no,” the suspect yelled at her.
“People like you are the reason that California is in debt,” he said, according to the crime alert.
The suspect then threw a full aluminum water bottle at the victim’s face. The victim then called UCPD and refused medical treatment for the bruise on her cheek. UCPD officers responded to the scene and checked the area, but could not locate the suspect.
The suspect was described as a white or Hispanic male in his early 20s, wearing a brown and green knit cap with earflaps and strings, a black coat and dark pants.
A few additional details not spelled out explicitly in the article:
• Thursday at 5pm was the moment at which the Occupy Cal rally was happening in Sproul Plaza, so the “protest” mentioned in the article was the Occupy protest.
• The incident happened just 200 yards from the site of the protest, within earshot.
• The suspect description matched the appearance of the typical OWS protester.
We can’t say for absolute sure that the assailant was an Occupier since he hasn’t been caught yet, but considering that he was a young white male wearing dark scruffy clothing yelling about debt in the immediate vicinity of the Occupation protest, I think it’d safe to jump to that conclusion.
Add this to the ever-growing rap sheet of crimes associated with the Occupy movement.