Some 5,000 anti-abortion protesters rallied in the streets yesterday;
300 arests were made, and officers earlier fired tear gas to disperse people throwing rocks and tearing down fencing at a convention center.
Of course, the arrests and tear-gassing had nothing to do with the assemblage of abortion opponents who gathered at the Texas state capitol – those enforcement actions occurred in Oakland, where Occuturds broke into City Hall and burned an American flag before heading over to the vacant Henry Kaiser Convention Center, where some started tearing down perimeter fencing and “destroying construction equipment” shortly before 3 p.m., police said.
Police said they issued a dispersal order and used smoke and tear gas after some protesters pelted them with bottles, rocks, burning flares and other objects.
Naturally, the Portland Occuturds couldn’t stand all the attention going to Oakland, so they had to run around town, as well:
(Video supplied by Daylight Disinfectant) They blocked traffic on a downtown bridge until the Portland Police riot squad showed up.
In contrast, by all accounts, the gathering of thousands in Austin, Texas was calm and sedate, although one woman wore a sign on her back that took a harsher tack: “The American Auschwitz is Planned Parenthood, death camp for babies.”
Asked about that, Sarah Wheat, co-CEO of Planned Parenthood in Austin, said, “We’re very familiar with extremism.” She added, “That marks just how extreme this agenda has become.”
- Oakland to assess damage after Occupy protests(seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Occupy Oakland: Police arrest 300, officials decry ‘illegal activity’(latimesblogs.latimes.com)