If you have "no place to go," come here!

So, how much evidence is there beyond the timing that the Occupation sweeps were co-ordinated by the Feds?

Say, by Obama's DHS?

Or is the militarization of the police sufficient that that similar operations can occur in parallel without a central organizing body?

From a non-violent, "strength in numbers" perspective, it would also be interesting to collect tactics used by the various police departments involved. Clearly, there's co-ordination at the local level between police departments; even for the relatively small numbers at Occupations, then, their solutions do not scale, and can be spread by simultaneous occupations.


UPDATE Jeebus, we've got to go to Russia Today for a summing up?

Nearly 60 days after the Occupy Wall Street movement began, cops across the country cracked down on encampments in Oakland, Albany and cities in-between over the weekend, in a series of events perhaps the most detrimental to the movement so far.

After weeks of standoffs between protesters and police, law enforcement in Oakland, California moved in on the Bay Area city’s Occupy demonstration early this morning and successfully dismantled the encampment. ...

While this morning’s raid in Oakland was perhaps the most peaceful the city has experienced so far, elsewhere reports from coast-to-coast suggest that police response to other Occupy protests were marred with overzealous attacks and brutality.

In Chapel Hill, North Carolina on Sunday, more than two dozen officers clad in riot gear and holding assault rifles stormed into an abandoned Chrysler building that had been vacant for over a decade. Inside they found eight protesters who had been claiming “squatters’ rights” over the property. Though they were peaceful, officers stormed the building and issued arrests with weapons drawn.

At least one journalist in the small North Carolina city was forced to lie on the ground and be cuffed by police for reporting from the scene.

Later that evening, 13 were arrested at the Occupy Albany encampment in New York for failing to vacate from Lafayette Park across from the state’s Capitol building. Officials had charged them with trespassing after failing to comply with a city curfew. Those arrests came only a day after state police arrested another two dozen on similar charges.

In Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday, another 19 protesters were subjected to either arrests or citations from police for occupying the city’s Pioneer Park.

Police had brought in bulldozers to level the encampment and destroy the makeshift homes and belongings that protesters were forced to abandon following Saturday’s raid.

And now comes the important part:

A day later, however, protesters had regrouped and were planning to continue their occupation.

Likewise, protesters in Oakland are already planning their next move following this morning’s raid. Both the Oakland Police Department and the Occupiers themselves are planning separate conferences today to discuss the weekend’s events and the course of action from here on out.

In other cities across the country, however, executive orders from mayors and police are causing the crack-downs to increase in numbers on an almost hourly basis.

In Portland, Oregon, Mayor Sam Adams ordered the Occupy Portland camp to be shut down Saturday at midnight, citing dangerous health conditions as a reason to vacate a city park. As protesters resisted, however, more than 50 were arrested as police raided the camp, swinging nightsticks and attacking demonstrators early Sunday morning. The Associated Press reports that the crowd in Portland had accumulated to the thousands as police tried to disperse the protests in the early morning hours. At one point the cops retreated, only to return later and swarm in — violently.

At least one protester was hospitalized in Portland during the raid. Mayor Adams says that it is his job to keep the park clean and will do it at all costs.

"This is not a game," said the mayor.

In San Francisco, California, officials there cited health concerns as well as a reason to force occupiers to vacate an encampment on Market Street and another in front of the Federal Reserve building on Saturday.

“Never,” Debra Lujan, 34, tells the San Francisco Examiner, adding that the demonstrators will not abandon their Market Street protest. “We occupy, that’s what we do.”

Additionally, at least 20 were arrested in Denver, Colorado over the weekend at the city’s own Occupy camp, several charges being waged for a city ordinance that prohibits people from placing “any encumbrance on the public right of way,” in lay terms equating that any street, alley, sidewalk, parkway or other public space must be kept free of any private property.

"I don't see how they're going to disperse us," Ohad Meyer, 30, of Oakland, tells USA Today after this morning’s ray in the Bay Area. "There are thousands of people who are going to come back."

The Occupy Wall Street movement began in New York City on September 17 and has spread internationally in the two months since, along the way causing encampments to be established in nearly every major city in America and spawning thousands of arrests for peacefully protesting. A handful of those that began the movement in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park are currently en route on foot to Washington DC, where they will protest the coming meeting of the congressional supercommittee.

If the police throw the Occupiers out of one place, the Occupiers can move to another. If the police use violence, that rebounds against them; one cracked skull and voila! The port of Oakland gets shut down. If they don't use violence, it's more time-consuming, way more expensive, and critically, offers the chance for fraternization, which can and has split the police. And not only are the occupations expensive for "cash strapped local governments," the larger occupations require police from several jurisdictions. That means (a) that there's a greater risk of violence if the command structure gets sloppy (one of the problems for Oakland) and (b) the police can be "spread." For example, could Occupations at Minneapolis and St. Paul be invaded at the same time? Probably not.

So, the more occupations, the better. Strength in numbers! Call me a Polyanna, but I'm optimistic! This is the start of a long process!

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If I was an official in one of them I'd have limited patience for using my own stretched resources for something as frivolous (from a public health/safety perspective) as bulldozing a peaceful occupation camp.

As you say, long process. Calling in reinforcements only works in the short term. If occupiers keep it up, there's no way for those elevated numbers to stay sustained.

It occurs to me that this might be a somewhat unconventional route to the jobs guarantee. Have DHS hire all the unemployed as cops!