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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sign in Smashed Oakland Bank Window: "We Are Better Than This"

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We spoke with one of the paint-spattered men who defended the building afterwards, Mike Chase. He said, "I got in front of some people who were threatening violence against one of the buildings. They wanted to break the windows, and when I got in front and put up the peace sign, they said, 'You wanna get out of the way 'cause you're gonna get hurt.' I said, 'I'm not afraid.' It's a peaceful protest. I really don't care what building it is, I don't think breaking windows is helping. I think it just hurts the 99% movement."

We also spoke with a girl who marched with the protestors and defended their actions.

She said, "I don't see that as a violent act. I see what the banks are doing as violent acts."

She said that breaking the windows "sends a basic message of 'fuck the banks,' which is also the message everyone else is sending. There doesn't need to be this level of discord between one tactical strategy and another. Part of the beauty of social movements is that diversity of tactics and people being accepting and united in solidarity against the police, against the state, against the corporations, against the banks, against the 1%. That's the basic messaging and if we lose sight of that, we have fights that break out between so-called peace police and black blockers."

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