The corporate press is in full-on propaganda mode following the police riot against Occupy Oakland protesters that led to 400 arrests.
Occupy Oakland diverted police from calls, officials say - latimes.com: "Oakland officials said the massive Occupy Oakland demonstration on Saturday diverted police resources from calls elsewhere in the city, stymieing the Police Department's crime-fighting efforts.From the start, the media narrative has been a tearful story of a beleaguered, cash-strapped city being vandalized by rioters and mobs. Instead of images of police firing concussion grenades, tear gas canisters, rubber bullets and beating the hell out of peaceful protesters with clubs, we get a heart-rending tale of how a US flag was burned in city hall.
An estimated 400 demonstrators were arrested during the protest, with some activists breaking into City Hall and vandalizing it.
Mayor Jean Quan condemned the local movement's tactics as "a constant provocation of the police with a lot of violence toward them" and said the demonstrations were draining scarce resources from an already financially-strapped city. "
Here's the real story of a police force out for violence and intimidation, and beating hell out of citizens exercising their 1st Amendment rights:
We need to carry on the fight against the lies of corporate media every chance we get...