Berkeley, that hotbed of 1960s civil unrest and anarchy is at it again in the waning days of 2014. Demonstrations against police disintegrated into violence for the second night in a row with attacks on law enforcement, destruction of property and reports of looting. Local police made a number of arrests as well as used tear gas to quell the uprising after some idiots threw debris and what were referred to“explosives” at the cops. What those “explosives” actually were has not been divulged but from images of the riot and the lack of serious fires they likely were not Molotov cocktails and may have been more along the lines of firecrackers.
As reported by the Associated Press website in a story entitled “2nd Night Of Berkeley Protest Turns Violent Again”:
Raucous demonstrations hit Berkeley’s streets for a second straight night as protesters angered by police killings in Missouri and New York clashed with officers, vandalized businesses and even fought with each other, officials said.
Sunday’s protest began peacefully on the University of California, Berkeley, campus but eventually grew rowdy and spilled into Oakland. Activists made their way onto a freeway and blocked traffic.
The California Highway Patrol said officers fired tear gas after protesters targeted them with rocks and bottles and tried to light a patrol vehicle on fire. Police also said explosives were thrown at officers, but there was no information immediately available on how potent they were.
Officers chased protesters off the roadway. Media reports said eight people were arrested.
The demonstrations were the latest of several in the Bay Area – including in Oakland where activism is strong – to protest recent grand jury decisions in Missouri and New York not to indict while police officers in the deaths of two black men.
As hundreds of protesters began marching through downtown Berkeley, the unrest that marked protests Saturday night was touched off again as someone smashed the window of a Radio Shack. When a protester tried to stop growing vandalism, he was hit with a hammer, Officer Jennifer Coats said.
Police said groups of protesters late Sunday began roaming through the downtown area, throwing trash cans into streets and lighting garbage on fire, smashing windows on buildings, and damaging and looting businesses. There also were reports of vandalism at City Hall.
Television footage showed protesters smashing door windows and breaking into buildings and setting rubbish piles ablaze.
Coats said police were making arrests and had made some arrests earlier in the evening, but no further details were available.
The post-Ferguson protests, which have gone national have once again tapped into the undercurrent of discontent in the star-spangled banana republic of Obamastan. We have had both the Tea Party and the Occupy Movement emerge during the reign of dear leader. Now the anger has again surfaced in the movement that has leeched itself onto the police killings of Eric Garner and the thuggish Michael Brown. The racial component is going to prove to be much too divisive for the current state of discontent to exist for long though as there is already backlash.
CNN reported that some in Missouri were burning St. Louis Rams jerseys after the idiotic pre-game display last week where four overpaid asshole football players did a Michael Brown dance routine prior to a home game:
In Imperial, Missouri, demonstrators staged a different kind of protest Sunday.
They burned St. Louis Rams football jerseys after five players ran onto the field last weekend making the “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture, CNN affiliate KSDK reported.
That gesture became a symbolic part of anti-police demonstrations in the Michael Brown case.
“Why would you do something like that? It’s utterly ridiculous,” said Larry Magee. “I think the Rams ought to pack their bags, and I’ll give them a plane ticket back to L.A.”
The Sixties was a period when the counterculture or in layman’s terms – the damned dirty, stinking hippies – and their use of violent methods to protest the Vietnam war and the government tore the country apart. It was a tragic era in the nation’s history and in addition to spawning the ongoing “culture war” laid the groundwork for the pollution of our political system. You don’t have to be Nostradamus to see where this is all heading which is a shame because for a brief period there was an opportunity to address the ongoing militarizing of the domestic police. Alas it was all pissed away by charlatans and jackals with their own agendas.
History always repeats itself and it is obvious that nothing was learned from the mistakes of the past.