The protest was mostly female, but there were some men there as well, including these two: One with an Occupy Oakland/Anonymous shirt, and another with a pit bull on a leash and a shirt that said “Destroyer.”
“FTP” is a such a common acronym in Occupy parlance that it doesn’t even need to be explained any more. For the uninitiated: Fuck The Police.”
This guy was hanging around the protest making snide comments, though I couldn’t tell if he was an official Occupier or just a hanger-on. Anyway, here’s a sample of the kind of things he was saying about the people in the conference:
“The people in the conference are the molesters and they’re projecting. That’s what I think: I think the people in the conference are molesters, and are projecting.”
Here’s one of the flyers I picked up inside the conference.
You tell me: Are these people the molesters?
Before the attack on the hotel, the protesters gathered to give some speeches, but they seemed to focus mostly on how everyone within a 500 foot radius was either a police spy or an FBI agent. Group paranoia?
Back out on Broadway, the lone counter-protester stood in his silent vigil, never saying a word.
The following links are for those interested in further exploring the Occupy justification for this protest:
The “Put the Heat on the H.E.A.T. Conference” Facebook page functions as the official site of record for the protest. As you can see, the Occupiers are quite pleased with how it turned out.
The protesters’ own post-protest report can be viewed at Bay of Rage, and really needs to be seen to be believed; “unapologetic” doesn’t quite capture the zeitgeist. Here are a few quotes from the report — click the link to read the whole thing:
Whores get revenge
On Wednesday, June 13th, 2012, queers and hookers and other bad bitches fucked up the H.E.A.T. Watch conference. H.E.A.T. Watch is an ongoing campaign facilitated by the Alameda County District Attorney, The City of Oakland, the OPD, and a few select piece-of-shit non-profits.
We set out with the intentions of shutting the fucker down and started the event with the distribution of some dope literature, some inflammatory speeches, the harassment of mainstream media and of course, the all-out taunting of the police. It got taken a step further when the crowd attempted to enter the lobby of the Marriott Convention Center. This all resulted in a rumble with the pigs, the vandalized facade of the convention center entrance with eggs and paint, and a march to and from Oscar Grant Plaza. We would say that this was a nice way to spend an afternoon and, for a brief moment, fulfilled our goal of shutting the fucker down.
To our enemies the DA Nancy O’Malley, the christian scum bag Linda Smith and all the pigs and other such trash attending the conference: this is only a small taste of what some pissed off hoes are capable of. We acknowledge your invitation of war against sex workers and all those subjugated by the continued existence of capital. Bring it on motherfuckers.
Bitches who will fuck you up.
The PostWhoreAmerica blog features an embedded video from the local ABC affiliate, which was one of the few media outlets to cover the protest as well; the report shows just how demented the Occupiers acted, and is well worth a view. You can also watch it here, directly on the ABC site.
More photos from the protest can be seen at IndyBay, but they don’t allow incoming links, so paste this URL into a new browser window: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/06/13/18715357.php
The San Francisco Bay Guardian featured a long story about the conference and the protest, and tried to walk an impossibly thin tightrope of not condemning either side.
And if you want to go deep into the rabbit hole, the All Voices site spins a disturbing theory that there may be a connection between this protest and a major fire that shut down the BART system later that night.
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