Occupy Wall Street Movement Proves Too Radical Even For Berkeley

You know a leftist protest movement has gone too far when the folks in Berkeley have had enough.

More than half of the campers at the Occupy Berkeley camp packed up and moved out last night after the city told them they had to go somewhere else.

Police officers handed out a notice Wednesday evening telling the group of campers that if they stayed another night they would be arrested.

“There has continued to be an increase in serious crimes and violence,” Berkeley police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss said in a statement. “(Police) would like the individuals in the park to follow the law voluntarily.”

Following that, many in the camp decided to pack up and move out. Most said they wanted to avoid conflict on what was expected to be a bitterly cold night. …

While many campers moved out without incident, others pledged to stay in the camp and resist any attempt by police to clear out the tents. A handful of tents were still standing Thursday morning.

That article was from yesterday. Last night there was some conflict with police, but most of the campers have moved on leaving only 20 tents that expect to be gone by tonight.

Occupy Berkeley protesters remain camped at Civic Center Park despite a city deadline to leave by Wednesday night.

Protesters were still camped in the park early Thursday morning with no visible police presence nearby. Police did clear some tents the night before that were left unattended, but there was no full-scale raid.

The Contra Costa Times reports that the number of tents had dropped to about 20 from about 70 on Tuesday

So what impact have the occupiers had? It doesn’t seem they’ve had any meaningful impact. They got some leftists in the media excited for a while, but ultimately the violent, disrespectful protesters turned more people off than on. They did more harm than good to the leftist causes they supported.

Barring some unlikely resurgence next year during election season (something I doubt Democrats would welcome given how unpopular the movement has become) expect the occupiers to soon be a footnote in American history.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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