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  •  After what happened Monday night... (5+ / 0-) San Francisco's Mission District, Occupy must find a way to neutralize and expose any and all infiltrators and agent provocateurs immediately.  As when any violence or "rioting" is happening.  

    The movement will lose any traction and broader support going forward if a peaceful action involving thousands can be completely upstaged by the actions of a couple dozen bent on mayhem.

    Whether it is Pinkertons or anarchists or black bloc, the distinction between peaceful demonstration and violence for its own sake must be obvious and unambiguous and immediate.  If Occupy can not enforce the definition of iself and the tactics it finds acceptable and those it does not, others will define Occupy in the public mind as dangerous and unsympathetic to their lives.

    And then what could be a broadbased popular movement for social justice will become a lunatic fringe to be avoided.

    "It's never too late to have a happy childhood."

    by wonkydonkey on Fri May 04, 2012 at 07:59:24 AM PDT

    •  wonky, just how can Occupy control "agent (0+ / 0-)

      provocateurs"?  The wingnut journalists foam at the mouth when reporting  violence as lefty "transgressions".

      I've long believed that anarchist , e.g,  right wing libertarian nut cases, would infiltrate any peaceful attempt, that express another way forward.

    •  The people could (0+ / 0-)

      have a policy of immediately moving away from the area of violence, if possible, and leave bare the perps/agents.
      Interesting to see if arrests for real crimes would take place.

      "The Republicans are continuing to destroy jobs and blaming Obama for not creating jobs fast enough to replace the jobs they destroyed. " ~TomP

      by OleHippieChick on Sat May 05, 2012 at 05:05:42 AM PDT

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