BLOG: ‘Days of Rage’: Protestors Planning to Occupy Wall Street Hope to Bring Tahrir Square Home to the US
Posted on August 18, 2011 at 3:35 PM EST
Just six days after the upcoming 10th Anniversary of September 11 and the opening of the 9/11 memorial, left-wing protestors will march through downtown Manhattan — with tents and sleeping bags in tow — in an effort to âOccupy Wall Street.â
Three radical organizations, Adbusters (also known as Culture Jammers), Occupy Wall Street, and US Day of Rage, have launched a vast campaign to occupy Wall Street for two months or more starting on September 17. The plan behind the occupation is to âfind a common voice in one clear, unified demand … that awakens the imagination and, if achieved, would propel us toward the radical democracy of the future.â
Adbusters/Culture Jammers has also issued a thinly-veiled threat straight from the pen of Chairman Mao:
The London Riots may not be pretty but as the old-lefty adage goes: “Revolution is not a dinner party, nor an essay, nor a painting, nor a piece of embroidery; it cannot be advanced softly, gradually, carefully, considerately, respectfully, politely, plainly, and modestly. A revolution is an insurrectionâŠ”1 And the London Riots are, whether we like it or not, what an insurrection might look like if the forces of capitalism do not peacefully, voluntarily relinquish their stranglehold.”
Organizers say they are hoping to rally 20,000 people to flood into lower Manhattan where they will set up tents, kitchens, and peaceful barricades. Once there, they will âincessantly repeat one simple demand in a plurality of voices.â
So, what is the one, clear, unified demand that may forever change the world? They have no clue, yet. But Iâm sure it will have something to do with evil capitalism.
By way of Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit, scores of âredeemers, rebels, radicals, and utopian dreamersâ are spreading the word and discussing what the one demand should be.
Adbustersâ Occupy Wall Street Facebook page invites followers to vote for their favorite demand. There are 100 to choose from. Several demands on the list are apparently nothing more than tasteless attempts at humor, but received votes nonetheless. For example:
. Make Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman Fight to the Death
. Their Heads on Poles
. Kill Ruper Murdoch
. Free the Unicorns
The top 10 demands based on the number of votes received so far are:
. Revoke Corporate Personhood
. Abolish Capitalism
. Presidential Commission to Separate Money from Politics
. Tax Wall Street
. Raise Taxes on the Top 2%
. Public Healthcare
. Close Half of Americaâs 1000 Military Bases
. End Corporate Welfare
. Four-hour Workday
. Resource Based Economy
Organizers at Adbustersâ Culture Jammers Headquarters write that the most exciting candidate they have heard so far is to âdemand that President Obama ordain a Presidential Commission tasked with ending the influence money has over our representatives in Washington.â
Really? Do they even know who Barack Obama is?
Apparently, this group of radicals views Obama as some sort of deity if they think he can âordainâ anything.
Also, do they not know Obama has taken many, many millions from bundlers and big money corporations?
On July 26, Adbusters ran an ad calling for radicals to join in the occupation of Wall Street and asking the question, âIs America Ripe for a Tahrir Movement?â
Culture Jammers likens their expectations of the upcoming protests to those in Egypt months ago, stating, âIt feels much like it did in Tahrir Square, moments before Mubarak caved. Youâve never felt so alive.â
The protests that began in January of this year in Cairoâs Tahrir Square and other cities in Egypt have become known as the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. The first few weeks of protesting led to the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. The struggle continues today, with at least 846 people dead and 6,000 injured.
Several reporters were assaulted while among the protesters in and around the Square. CBS News reporter, Lara Logan, was sexuallyassaulted and beatenby several men inside Tahrir Square right after it was announced that President Mubarak had stepped down. Fortunately, Logan was rescued by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers.
Days of Rage
USDayofRage.org proclaims âLet the US Days of Rage Begin âŠ On September 17, 2011, Wall Street belongs to US.â
The phrase âDays of Rageâ was originally used by the media to describe a series of direct actions that took place over the course of three days in Chicago in 1969. The âDays of Rageâ demonstrations were organized by the Weatherman faction of Students for a Democratic Society.
The Weathermen, later known as the Weather Underground Organization, was founded in part by communist William Ayers. The goal was to create a revolutionary party for the violent overthrow of the U.S. government.
During the 2008 Presidential campaign, Ayers was found to be closely linked to President Obama.
In what would later become typical Weathermen style, the 1969 Days of Rage, and the days leading up to it, consisted of violent demonstrations and blowing things up. A commemorative statue of a murdered police officer in Haymarket Square was destroyed by a dynamite bomb that was placed between the legs of the statue. The blast scattered pieces of the statue onto the Kennedy Expressway below and shattered nearly 100 windows.
Weathermen and fellow demonstrators, dawning motorcycle and football helmets, charged and attacked police officers and smashed windows in automobiles, buildings and homes.
In his 2001 book, Fugitive Days, Ayers reminisced about the Days of Rage when he wrote, âthe streets became sparkling and treacherous with the jagged remains of our rampage.â He describes the scene as âcrystal chaos,â a term chillingly similar to the term used by the Nazis 30 years ago to describe their sparkling rampage through the streets of Germany. The Nazi regime used the term Kristallnacht, which means âCrystal Night.â
In another strange and chilling âcoincidence,â prior to the start of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution in Cairo early this year, opposition leaders organized the protesting to begin on January 25, declaring it a âDay of Rage.â
Not so coincidental is the fact that Adbusters receives funding from the Tides Foundation and partners with several other organizations funded by George Sorosâ Open Society Institute.
1 Mao Tse-tung, Report on an Investigation of the Peasant Movement in Hunan, March 1927.