Government representatives in both Philadelphia and Los Angeles have issued solemn warnings to the Occupy protesters that it’s time to go. Both have been given deadlines tomorrow. Neither city has actually given an
explanation as to what will happen if the deadline passes unheeded. Most protesters assume they can expect to be raided Monday morning. That could mean more violence on both sides, such as the similar raids in Oakland.
As you might expect, most of the Occupy protesters have refused to heed the warnings and remain in their encampments. The Los Angeles park site is actually one of the longest continuous movement occupations. It’s clear that local governments have had enough.
The real problem here is that the Occupy movement has now gone on so long that it seems like no one is even sure what they are doing there now. Yes, we’ve seen obvious incidents of unnecessary violence (on both sides, law enforcement and the protesters), and yes, we agree in principle that there’s some bad things going on in the country. But who has the time, or want-to, to sit in these camps, living like cavemen, for this long? And still, there has been no clear-cut expression of what they want. Still, Occupy Wall Street, a movement that has not just spread nationwide, but to other countries as well, has no leader. No face. No one to rally the troops. What a shame it is to see such a powerful movement that is operating more like a band of hippies and vagrants than a cohesive combatant to abusive government practices. Maybe the Occupy protesters should heed the warnings, get out of the park, and get together somewhere else and figure out what it is exactly that they are trying to do.
In the meantime, the tear gas is ready.