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A few months ago, in September, the “Occupy” movement started well by building its credibility, asking challenging questions, attracting media attention, inspiring blog posts, encouraging people to express their opinion. The discussions were on. The media coverage was favorable on some channels, and not so favorable on others. But all was peaceful. All was civil.
Two months later the movement’s credibility is not high anymore. In fact, the movement itself is becoming violent, unsanitary and down plain criminal. I am in the 99% the “Occupy” movement claims to represent. But I don’t support it anymore. In fact, it hit close to home and challenged everything I liked about this movement.
The following are the reasons why I want the “Occupy“ movement to go home:
- “Occupy” Salt Lake City occupies a small downtown park. Everything was good (more or less) until a death from a drug overdose and carbon monoxide poisoning from a personal space heater happened last Thursday night. That’s when the discoveries of such things as human excrement in tents, urination in public places and drug paraphernalia started to come out to the light. The park itself is infamous for crimes, drugs, and homeless people. Promoting law-breaking and filth in the place that is already notorious for its criminal and homeless elements, is not helping neither Salt Lake City nor the 99% the movement claims to represent.
- Violent clashes in Oakland do not contribute anything to meaningful discussions that the “Occupy” movement started a few moths ago. What the movement seems to promote right now is violence and riots. Remember riots in England not that long ago? Maybe I am exaggerating but I am seeing quite a close resemblance of those riots when I see protestors in Oakland setting fire to stores and throwing concrete blocks at the police.
- Increasing number of clashes between police and the protesters all over the country transforms the movement from peaceful and passionate into violent and criminal. The real political ambition of the movement becomes lost in human waste and outbursts of violence. Why not to go on-line and organize the movement into something politically powerful? Tent cities in parks filled with drugs, human excrement and confrontations with the police do not represent 99% of us.
The “Occupy” movement does not inspire me anymore to discuss the wealth disparity in the United States, corporate greed, or that our political system is being engineered to support rich and corporations. Instead, the “Occupy” movement instigates me to ask those people:
“Please, fold up your tents, clean up your sh&*t, and go home. And, please, do something useful for this country. Get real with your political ambition, would you?”