Occupiers Desecrate Churches, Throw Bricks At Cops
Should it shock us that the Occupy Wall Street movement doesn’t have a lot of respect for other people’s property?
Since Zuccotti Park and New York City ended the overnight stays of the Occupy Wall Street crowds, the protesters have been sleeping anywhere they can. Some have been taken in by local supporters while others have been able to sleep in area churches. However, thanks to serious allegations of vandalism and desecration, the churches have begun to close their doors to the occupiers.
The New York Post reports that the sacred baptismal font of the West Park Presbyterian Church on 86th Street was vandalized just three weeks after an expensive MacBook laptop went missing from the church office.
Rev. Bob Brashear has been hosting upwards of 60 occupiers each night, allowing them to sleep between the pews. But the welcome mat has been rolled up and the pastor has given the protesters two weeks notice to find another place to sleep.
Meanwhile, at Occupy San Francisco, things got violent as protesters blocked city streets, blocked access to a Wells Fargo bank and threw bibles and bricks at cops:
Occupy San Francisco’s “Day of Action” turned violent Friday night when protesters occupied an abandoned hotel and began throwing objects at police officers from the roof, police said.
“Once they gained access [to the hotel], some of them made it to the top of the roof and they then began to throw bibles down at the officers,” San Francisco Police Department spokesman Carlos Manfredi said.
“One of officers was struck with a brick to the chest and one of our lieutenants was struck in the hand with an object and may have damaged or even broken his hand,” he said.
Protesters began the day Friday by targeting San Francisco’s financial institutions like the Federal Reserve, Fannie Mae, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, the SEC, Citibank, Chase, and Bechtel.
Setting aside my feelings about the Occupy movement’s ideologies and philosophies, I’ve never quite understood their tactics. Political activism is about convincing people you’re right. It’s about winning people over to your side.
I’m not sure how blocking commerce, impeding transportation and generally behaving like petulant (and violent) children accomplishes those goals.Tags: Asshats, occupy san francisco, occupy wall street