Via David Thompson:
Denver’s occupodpeople take umbrage with a Wal-Mart distribution centre and wrestle with some difficult philosophical questions. Among which, “What right do you have to do that?” and “What money have they stolen from you?” And of course the big one, “Why are you doing this?” Readers should also note the exchange around 3:40, in which a champion of the people grapples with the suggestion that he and his comrades are basically forcing their will on others. Then things go downhill.
This video was posted on December 12.
The dishonesty and passive-aggressive dynamic are, again, quite telling. Idiot Hat Guy plans to obstruct a lawful business and “disallow” staff from entering or leaving their own place of work. (His intended victims can apparently still “practice their free will” provided they don’t actually try to earn a living or try to get home.) Idiot Hat Guy feels he’s “completely within his legal right” to do this. Note too the implication that, should reinforcements arrive, things may get physical.
But when faced with the suggestion that he and his comrades are forcing their will on others, Idiot Hat Guy gets upset, delicate flower that he is. Evidently, he doesn’t like being confronted with what he’s actually doing, stated in simple terms and perhaps for the first time. For someone who presumably likes to think of himself as radical and heroic, the dissonance must be quite troubling. After all, fascism couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the utopias of the left. And so our champion of the people denies what’s happening (which doesn’t convince, given his previous statements), then indulges in some rhetorical evasion (which doesn’t help either), and then tries to change the subject by pretending that he’s the one whose freedoms are being “violated.” Idiot Hat Guy’s flattering self-image is called into question and – pow! – suddenly, he’s the victim. Truly, they are titans.
“Loveland police arrested approximately 13 people for violations ranging from obstructing a public roadway and hindering transportation to trespassing and resisting arrest,” police said in a statement. “The majority of those arrested were cited and released at the scene. A small number of persons who were combative with officers were booked into the Larimer County Detention Center.”
Police later said only two demonstrators were taken to jail.
“They were combative with the officers on scene, so they were transported to the jail,” a Loveland officer said.
Some protesters showed up with the intention to get arrested. They say it’s symbolically important.
“We remained non-violent and the police violently attacked us … and when the cops brutalize us, it makes a statement,” a protester said.
Police said no officers were injured and only one arrestee complained of a minor injury. That person was treated at the scene.
They still think the arrests are helping their cause.