“Now we cannot even serve people on Thanksgiving, apparently.”
Here’s a photo of the delectable holiday meal that was being served (via twitter)
Apparently OPD felt the need to interrupt the joyous repast in order to prevent Porta-Potties from being delivered on
Thanksgiving Day Indigenous Solidarity Day, by instigating a riot and making arrests.
Despite all the talk by Mayor Quan about cooperation, this action demonstrates how the lack of respect for human dignity on the part of Oakland Police Department and City officials seems to know no bounds.
OG Plaza: Before and After Eviction of Occupy Oakland
We’ve seen how business leaders such as those behind the Chamber of Commerce, who neither reside in Oakland nor represent local small business, tried to characterize the encampment as an eyesore and health and safety hazard that kept people from coming downtown. So instead the city has responded to the Chamber’s concerns by turning the plaza into a swamp, pictured below in pix taken at last Saturday’s Day of Action rally and march.
The city seems incapable of responding to the humanity of the Free Garden, the Thanksgiving Dinner, and Occupy Oakland as a whole with anything other than brute force and violent repression.