Eyptian activists are expected to descend on Tahrir Square tomorrow in a show of solidarity with Occupy Wall Street protesters.
Egyptian activists have already sent messages of solidarity to the Occupy Wall Street protesters. Over in Oakland, tweets report that protesters chanted, “We are Tahrir Square!”
The links between the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street are real, as Amy Goodman observes in The Guardian.
In Oakland, a chain-link fence at the plaza where the activists are gathered has come down as the crowd has re-occupied the Frank Ogawa Plaza (sfappeal.com website).
A general assembly of some 3000 activists is calling for a a city-wide strike on 2 November.
The assembly also discussed the case of activist Scott Olsen, a former Marine who served two tours in Iraq, who suffered a fractured skull after being struck by a police projectile during a demonstration on Tuesday night. Police used tear and flash-bang canisters but denied they used rubber bullets, as claimed by some. Hopefully, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch will highlight this case and condemn the police brutality towards the peaceful protesters.
Why did the police crack down on what was essentially a peaceful protest? Was it to scare others from joining in and so that the mainstream media could discredit the Occupy movement as a ‘violent’ mob, as the Daily Kos reports? Does that sound familiar to us in Malaysia?