These lowlifes actually managed to get through a protest march without anyone getting arrested and are declaring victory. They’re like potty-training three-year-olds who don’t shit their pants and want a reward for it.
A week after a violent protest by Occupy demonstrators resulted in more than 400 arrests, calm reigned Saturday night as a small crowd of about 100 marchers was turned away from the Oakland Police Department, then paraded around downtown and North Oakland.
No violence was reported by late Saturday, and at 10:35 p.m., ebullient protesters called that a victory as they streamed back into Frank Ogawa Plaza, the Occupy protest’s epicenter in Oakland.
“It was an amazing action,” said Sarah Carlson, 29, of San Francisco. “Even people who have different ideas tactically about how to approach these things were disciplined.”
The march left the plaza in front of Oakland City Hall just before 9 p.m. and headed down Broadway toward the Police Department headquarters on Seventh Street. Near the rear of the march, Zachary Running Wolf, a well-known East Bay protester, burned an American flag and left it in the middle of Broadway.
Gary Easley, 33, of Oakland, picked up the charred flag, and put it around his neck.
“I felt bad,” he said.
As the marchers neared Eighth Street – chanting “Whose streets? Our streets!” – they encountered a line of about 50 Oakland police officers in riot gear, and headed east on Eighth Street into Chinatown.
“They’re too small,” Jacques Rivera, who works at Revolution Books, said of the crowd of protesters. “They’re being cautious and strategic. They’re not going to take a small march and get everyone arrested.”
The police – some on foot, some in vans and black sport-utility vehicles – followed the marchers as they weaved through downtown Oakland, then headed north on West Street. Their ultimate destination was unclear.
As they marched, the protesters chanted: “We are nonviolent,” “All cops are bastards,” “We are peaceful, the pigs are not.” Two helicopters followed the crowd as it worked its way through usually quiet North Oakland residential neighborhoods.