You’d think it was the War of the Worlds. Orson Wells surprised everyone with that; but it’s no secret May Day is a big Occupy event. It’s not like it’s coming like a thief in the night, like Jesus. Everyone pretty much knows what to expect, right? May1stSeattle.org like other Occupy sites even gives you the full schedule of events, the where and the when. Nothing much to get excited about: most violent overthrows of the capitalist system don’t start with a “meet & greet.”
Well, unless you are part of the conservative economic power structure that is strangling the life’s blood out of working class Americans. Look, to use another example here, nobody is storming the Bastille. No government is being overthrown. These are working class people embracing their right of free speech to be heard in protest of policies and practices that are hurting them and all Americans.
Not that you’d know that from the reaction so far. And May Day! Seattle’s mayor is actually warning of possible violence. From World Net Daily’s typically hysterical portrayal of this you’d think the crowd would be carrying hammers and sickles and posters of Marx and Lenin on their way to a new October Revolution: “Mayor Warns Occupy May Day Could Turn Violent” WND proclaims.” We are told that the mayor of Seattle “has warned that protesters may use Tuesday’s Occupy May Day events to ‘commit violence, damage property and disrupt peaceful free speech activity.”
The thing is, the mayor isn’t talking about the Occupy protestors themselves but about “others” who may also attend the gathering. Not that you’d know that from the tone of the WND article.
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