Thursday, March 11, 2010

Maybe They Could Sew Badges on Their Clothes

"You can't really identify the professional protesters from just regular people in the group cause they do blend in so well."

Update: Says Dettman, "That, or at least carry some kind of documentation. Don't they have a professional organization? A union even?"

Another update (3/12): CBS 5 retracts their initial report... sort of:
OAKLAND (CBS 5) -- Last week a group of U.C. fee hike protesters took over the 880 freeway for the better part of an hour. At the time we though many of them were professional protesters, but it turns out many of them had never been involved in this type of demonstration before.

More than 150 people stormed onto interstate 880 in Downtown Oakland during the evening commute last Thursday and blocked traffic for 45 minutes, causing traffic to back up for miles.

After the incident, the Oakland police department said half of the 150 people arrested were so-called professional protestors, people who show up every time there is a march, regardless of the reason. It turns out that was not the case.
Now they're saying there were just a "few" "professionals."

1 comment:

  1. "Professional protesters" has a darker meaning at UCSD, where self-appointed movement police run the protests with an iron fist and physically block other students from joining protest actions that they don't approve of.