Rioters once again de-legitimized anti-police brutality protesters by pointlessly smashing up a festive display in Oakland on Christmas day.
The rioters also smashed shop windows, set dumpsters on fire, and injured a journalist who was attempting to report on the gathering.
— Katie Marzullo (@KatieABC7) December 26, 2014
Because nothing is more fitting at this time of the year than trashing a Christmas tree and vandalizing private property, right?
— KPIX 5 (@CBSSF) December 26, 2014
— Evan Sernoffsky (@EvanSernoffsky) December 26, 2014
— Sherri C (@Maxicat) December 26, 2014
The manager of a local store told reporters that he witnessed demonstrators using stolen liquor bottles to smash windows.
“So it looks like they smashed them on that end, grabbed some of the wine bottles and started throwing them at the other windows to break them,” he said. “We have glass shattered all the way to the back of the store.”
The so called ‘protesters’ gave the gathering the title of “No Time Off,” an inflammatory reference to the police having to maintain the peace during the holidays.
— Niitsiipoaahsin (@niitsitapii) December 26, 2014
“The idea is to give no time off to police in the context of racial discrimination and state violence happening every day,” a demonstrator told a local NBC News affiliate.
Protesters in Oakland chant "no time off for police", march to Jack London Square and shatter windows and start a dumpster fire.
— Jean Elle (@nbcjeanelle) December 26, 2014
The ‘protest’ was also heavily influenced by individuals identifying themselves as with the ‘Occupy Oakland’ movement. They had advertised the gathering as the “Best Xmas party of the year.”
Best Xmas party of the year goin down under the overpass at 29th between Telegraph and MLK #Oakland big sound, laughs, food, drink, people
— Occupy Oakland (@OccupyOakland) December 26, 2014
As we have previously reported in recent weeks, Oakland has been the location of several violent altercations and even racist attacks on white people who were either trying to protest peacefully or simply get home.
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.