Handful of Violent Rioters Don’t Represent “Occupy” Protests

Violent Oakland Rioters Don’t Represent the Protesters

While there was senseless destruction of property in Oakland, NBC Bay Area notes that the leaders of Occupy Oakland say that “anarchists” not associated with the group are responsible for last night’s violence.

The New York Times reports:

A belligerent fringe group that seemed intent on clashing with law enforcement and destroying property.

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[They were] part of an Occupy Oakland subgroup that the city’s interim police chief, Howard A. Jordan, described as “generally anarchists and provocateurs.”

Some members of the group that had closed the port reprimanded those who smashed windows, threw rocks, ignited a 15-foot-high bonfire of garbage and covered downtown storefronts with graffiti.

When a man wearing a bandana broke a window with an empty beer bottle, another protester yelled, “Who are you? That isn’t what this is about!”

Indeed, as the following two videos show, the overwhelming majority of protesters were peaceful and tried to stop the provocateurs:

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Steve Watson also notes that provocateurs pathetically circulated anti-nonviolence flyers at the Occupy Oakland protests.

Provocateurs Used By Governments All Over the World to Discredit Peaceful protests

Wikipedia notes:

An agent provocateur may be a police officer or a secret agent of police who encourages suspects to carry out a crime ….

A political organization or government may use agents provocateurs against political opponents. The provocateurs try to incite the opponent to do counter-productive or ineffective acts to foster public disdain—or provide a pretext for aggression against the opponent (see Red-baiting).

Historically, labor spies, hired to infiltrate, monitor, disrupt, or subvert union activities, have used agent provocateur tactics.

There are numerous, documented cases from around the world of government provocateurs acting violently at peaceful protests in order to discredit the peaceful movements.

For example – during the Egyptian “Arab Spring” protests – Mubarak’s security force thugs dressed as protesters and committed violence … in order to discredit the protests.

An Indonesian fact-finding team investigated violent riots which occurred in 1998, and determined that “elements of the military had been involved in the riots, some of which were deliberately provoked”.

In Burma:

“They’ve ordered some soldiers in the military to shave their heads, so that they could pose as monks, and then those fake monks would attack soldiers to incite a military crackdown. The regime has done this before in Burma, and we believe they would do so again.”

Quebec police admitted that, in 2007, thugs carrying rocks to a peaceful protest were actually undercover Quebec police officers:

 

 

At the G20 protests in London in 2009, a British member of parliament saw plain clothes police officers attempting to incite the crowd to violence. (And here is a video possibly showing a provocateur being let through the police line.)

In 2003, FAIR reported:

According to reports from the BBC and the German wire service Deutsche Presse-Agentur (1/7/03, 1/8/03), a senior Genoa police officer, Pietro Troiani, has admitted that police planted two Molotov cocktails in a school that was serving as a dormitory for activists from the Genoa Social Forum. The bombs were apparently planted in order to justify the police force’s brutal July 22 raid on the school. According to the BBC, the bombs had in fact been found elsewhere in the city, and Troijani now says planting them at the school was a “silly” thing to do.

The BBC and DPA also report that another senior officer has admitted to faking the stabbing of a police officer in order to frame protesters. These revelations have emerged over the course of a parliamentary inquiry into police conduct that was initiated by the Italian government under pressure from “domestic and international outrage over the blood-soaked G8 summit in Genoa” (London Guardian, 7/31/01). Three police chiefs have been transferred and at least 77 officers have been investigated on brutality charges.

The U.S. is not exempt from such shenanigans.

Denver police officers were found to have used undercover detectives to instigate violence against police during the 2008 Democratic National Convention (this ultimately resulted in the use of pepper spray against their own infiltrating agents).

The New York Times pointed out in 2005:

At the vigil for the cyclist, an officer in biking gear wore a button that said, ”I am a shameless agitator.” She also carried a camera and videotaped the roughly 15 people present.

Beyond collecting information, some of the undercover officers or their associates are seen on the tape having influence on events. At a demonstration last year during the Republican National Convention, the sham arrest of a man secretly working with the police led to a bruising confrontation between officers in riot gear and bystanders.

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Activists ….say that police officers masquerading as protesters and bicycle riders distort their messages and provoke trouble.

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At one point, the [apparent officer] seemed to try to rile bystanders.

Indeed, obvious provocateurs were filmed at the G20 in Pittsburgh:


As I noted in 2008:

When agents provocateur commit violence or destroy property at peaceful protests, they are carrying out false flag terrorism.

Wikipedia defines false flag terror as follows:

False flag operations are covert operations conducted by governments, corporations, or other organizations, which are designed to appear as if they are being carried out by other entities. The name is derived from the military concept of flying false colors; that is, flying the flag of a country other than one’s own. False flag operations are not limited to war and counter-insurgency operations, and have been used in peace-time; for example, during Italy’s strategy of tension.

If intelligence agencies or federal, state or local police themselves commit acts of violence against people or property, and then blame it on peaceful protesters, that is – by definition – false flag terror.

Indeed, governments from around the world  admit that they carry out false flag terror to discredit their enemies.

Oakland Rioters: Provocateurs?

Oakland police have previously been identified as infiltrators in the Oakland protests:


While we are not yet sure whether the tiny group Oakland group of rioters (among tens of thousands of peaceful protesters) are police provocateurs, it is clear that they don’t represent the Occupy protests in any way, shape or form.

The direct democracy practiced by the protesters is nothing at all like the violent rioting by the thugs.

Anyone who focuses on the handful of provocateurs – as opposed to the hundreds of millions of peaceful protesters and their supporters – is  uninformed or dishonest.

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  • http://www.examiner.com/nonpartisan-in-national/carl-herman Carl Herman

    Again, GW, you have the best documentation I’ve seen on this CRUCIAL fact of the 1%’s further criminal acts. Occupy will win because the 99% now see War Crimes and massive economic fraud, demand the end of these crimes, and will implement policy in good faith for 100% of humanity.

    The CRIMINAL 1% kill millions, injure billions, and loot trillions of our dollars.

    The CRIMINAL 1% and their minions have a choice: have “Scrooge conversions” and help the 99% for once or prepare for your retirement in prison.

    • Somon Tombe

      PEACEFUL REVOLUTION = CONTROLLED OPPOSITION

      Besides that, Americans are a bunch of stupid animals easy to manipulate and subdue.

  • http://blogdredd.blogspot.com/ Dredd

    The theory of plants (agent provocateurs) is the most reasonable explanation. What is troubling about this, among other concerns, is that it is usually done to justify violence against a particular movement.

    In other words, the 1% see they are losing the battle in the press, therefore they must change the equation by demonology, in order to justify extreme measures.

    Occupy seems to be handling the situation of fake implants quite well. Perhaps it will backfire on the 1% perpetrators.

  • Jeff

    Myeh. I am not inclined to believe that everything the 99% does is pure. I mean, hey, we’re talking about 99%. Don’t you think the 99% includes a few nutjobs? A few with violent tendencies? Etc.?

    Don’t play politician for the violence that erupts from these protests and start trying to point the finger at the establishment. Buck up. Take it in stride. It is what it is. They are….. the 99%.

  • Eric

    Yeah, and when the Palestinians win overwhelming worldwide support for statehood, and are accepted as a member of UNESCO, they start lobbing missiles at Israeli citizens.

    Maybe in a decade or so TPTB will figure out that nobody’s buying it anymore.

  • Seerak

    Ah, there are always “provocateurs”. Never mind asking what it is about Leftist movements that attracts thugs, time and time again. Obviously, there’s something they like about OWS and its kin throughout the past century. They see a compatibility there. Maybe they just see these movements as good sources of recruits. Maybe they see think-alikes, or they see dupes, but neither speaks well of the Occupations.

    You may not like them, but they sure like you!

    You should perhaps ask yourself why, some day.

    • Lenny

      Seerak the occupy movement is NOT “left-ist” .. I’m really tired of the media calling that and people believing it… we are non-partisan. I’m involved in Occupy Chicago and we’re protested in front of Obama’s campaign HQ our biggest local enemy, Rahm Emanuel, is a democrat… We think the left, the right, the dems, the reps, the libertarians, are all the same thing: corporate owned puppets.

      Please don’t refer to the movement as “left-ist” and if you’re “right-wing” please go down to your local occupy movement. I truly believe you owe that to yourself. Go down and have casual conversation you will PROBABLY hear something you like and even if I’m wrong you lose a couple hours and have a more informed position against the movement. It’s win-win… I STRONGLY encourage anyone that is against the movement (or thinks it’s a partisan thing) to come talk to us.

      In about 15 minutes you’ll realize the media is bending it that way to split the 99%. We are non-partisan. We are non-partisan. We are non-partisan. We are non-partisan. We are non-partisan. thank you for your time.

  • Lenny

    Seerak the occupy movement is NOT “left-ist” .. I’m really tired of the media calling that and people believing it… we are non-partisan. I’m involved in Occupy Chicago and we’re protested in front of Obama’s campaign HQ our biggest local enemy, Rahm Emanuel, is a democrat… We think the left, the right, the dems, the reps, the libertarians, are all the same thing: corporate owned puppets.

    Please don’t refer to the movement as “left-ist” and if you’re “right-wing” please go down to your local occupy movement. I truly believe you owe that to yourself. Go down and have casual conversation you will PROBABLY hear something you like and even if I’m wrong you lose a couple hours and have a more informed position against the movement. It’s win-win… I STRONGLY encourage anyone that is against the movement (or thinks it’s a partisan thing) to come talk to us.

    In about 15 minutes you’ll realize the media is bending it that way to split the 99%. We are non-partisan. We are non-partisan. We are non-partisan. We are non-partisan. We are non-partisan. thank you for your time.

 

 

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