After a weekend of epic chaos that led to more than 400 arrests in downtown Oakland, Mayor Jean Quan says she is going to place a call to New York City -- home of the Occupy Wall Street movement -- to let protesters there know she is really, really sick and tired of Occupy consuming her hometown.
Assuming she can get someone on the other end of the line, Quan says she will plead and beg Occupy Wall Street to "disown" Occupy Oakland, as the local movement has done nothing but disgrace her city, Quan told KCBS earlier today. "I plan to call some of the national leadership of Occupy this week
to say that the Oakland group is not nonviolent and has not agreed to be
nonviolent. The national Occupy
movement has said they are nonviolent."
But considering the bad rap Quan has gotten over her initial handling of the Occupy Oakland encampment back in October, we're guessing OWS leaders will send her call straight to voice mail.
Scott Johnson, editor of the Occupy Oakland Tribune -- a newly established paper dedicated to covering the Occupy events -- told SF Weekly that Quan needs to stop blaming Occupy and start investigating the "criminal behavior" of the Oakland Police Department and its "illegal tactics."
"Occupy Wall Street, as well as Occupy groups in Boston, Chicago, and
dozens of other cities, marched in solidarity with Occupy Oakland on
Sunday," Johnson wrote in an e-mail to SF Weekly. "Rather than calling on our allies to denounce Occupy Oakland, Quan needs
to take a look into the increasingly destructive tactics of the OPD."
We won't be holding our breath that Quan will resolve this problem with one phone call.
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