Oakland Mayor Jean Quon Reverses Course. She Now Supports Occupy Oakland and Plans to Minimize Police Presence.by Art Jacobson on Oct. 27, 2011, under Albany OWS, CA, Mayor Jean Quon, Occupy Oakland, Occupy Wall Street, Politics, Right to Protest
Quon’s statement was reported in The San Francisco Chronicle. Excepts below, and a link to the full text at the bottom of this post.
First a comment. If Oakland’s police action proves anything it proves how dangerous police over-reaction is. Public reaction to the events in Oakland would seem to indicate the breadth and depth of support for OWS.
The dirtying of Oakland’s reputation world wide (Egyptians are planning a sympathy march to Tahrir Square) probably does it more harm than any alleged or real dirtying of its public space.
Here is part of Mayor Quon’s statement:
We support the goals of the Occupy Wall Street movement: we have high levels of unemployment and we have high levels of foreclosure that makes Oakland part of the 99% too. We are a progressive city and tolerant of many opinions. We may not always agree, but we all have a right to be heard.
I want to thank everyone for the peaceful demonstration at Frank Ogawa Park tonight, and thank the city employees who worked hard to clean up the plaza so that all activities can continue including Occupy Wall Street. We have decided to have a minimal police presence at the plaza for the short term and build a community effort to improve communications and dialogue with the demonstrators.
I want to express our deepest concern for all of those who were injured last night, and we are committed to ensuring this does not happen again. Investigations of certain incidents are underway and I will personally monitor them.
We understand and recognize the impact this event has had on the community and acknowledge what has happened. We cannot change the past, but we are committed to doing better.
Read The Chron story here.
And note that the occupiers are calling for a general strike on November 2nd, the first in over 65 years of Oakland history. I wonder how successful that will be.