This is what happens when you have zero leadership and sympathizers among the public officials. You’re essentially putting out the welcome mat for continued anarchy. At this point they really deserve no mercy and you can expect the anarchists to take this as the cue for more violence.
Oakland’s City Council, amid a rowdy crowd of protesters, narrowly backed off a resolution Tuesday that would have beefed up law enforcement at Occupy protests.
The resolution, which lacked the five votes necessary to pass, would have increased police enforcement of laws against blocking streets and assembling without a permit. The proposal came in the wake of a Jan. 28 protest downtown in which 400 people were arrested.
Even as they defeated the resolution, council members expressed anger at the tactics of Occupy Oakland during the meeting, particularly group members’ persistent shouting.
“I am disgusted with the complete lack of respect you have shown,” said City Councilwoman Pat Kernighan. “You are hypocrites when it comes to free speech. I have lost all respect for you.”
City Councilwoman Desley Brooks, who early in the movement supported Occupy Oakland, was even more harsh.
“The only thing I can see with this movement is an ever-moving target,” she said. “You talk about a movement, but it doesn’t go beyond you.”
About 50 people spoke on the issue, packing the chambers and frequently erupting in applause, boos and shouts. At one point the audience sang “We Shall Overcome.” The shouting became so loud toward the end of the debate the council recessed for 15 minutes.
Most speakers were opposed to the resolution, in some cases threatening the council personally, although some said the resolution would protect port workers and tamp down the protests they believe have gotten out of hand.
Must have been mostly peaceful threats.