Last week on November 10th, the NPD arrested 6 people on obstruction of justice charges. Their crime was exercising their First Amendment rights. If you ask me anyone arresting peaceful protesters are guilty of obstructing justice. Just following orders is not an excuse to make an unlawful arrest.
According to Occupy Norfolk organizers city officials had been renewing the protester’s permit to camp out at the Norfolk Commerce Center on a weekly basis. The camp had been open for over a month and one morning the permit was rescinded without warning.
According to local protesters and the local media, police raided the camp at dawn in full riot gear. The city deemed it necessary to send a squad of shock troopers to quell a peaceful protest consisting of a handful of campers.
Our fair city has decided that it is no longer convenient to have protesters in the heart of downtown. Once again bankesters and other looters of our economy are free to eat their expensive lunches in the people’s park.
City officials had sighted sanitation as a prime concern for the eviction. This writer has spent some time at the encampment and I can assure you that it was clean.
The city had also raised concerns that the citizens of Norfolk were unable to enjoy the Commercial Plaza. Every time I was down there I could hear random passersby making comments commiserate with the Occupation Movement.
The truth of the matter is that our city is resorting to tyrannical oppression and police intimidation. The people of Hampton Roads know something is amiss with our economy and our government. The people want this protest.
I fear that recent events in Oakland and other Occupy Movements across the country have emboldened local officials. They view the protesters as the flotsam and jetsam of society when in fact the protesters are the 99%, and the bulk of society.