imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Subscribe Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

CopWatch LA

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List





IMC Network: www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech
printable version - js reader version - email this article - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Anaheim PD Chief Hints ‘Outside Agitators’ and ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Caused 'Civil Unrest'

by Anonymous Sunday, Jul. 29, 2012 at 7:38 AM

Anaheim City Officials, including Police Chief John Welters, are resorting to the convenient scapegoat of blaming “outside agitators” for the “civil unrest” that took place on the streets outside City Hall last Tuesday night.

Anaheim PD Chief Hin...
riot-police-anaheim-california-july-2012.jpg, image/jpeg, 500x344

FROM WWW.ORANGEJUICEBLOG.COM

Anaheim Police Chief John Welters Hints ‘Outside Agitators’ and ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Caused ‘Civil Unrest’

By Duane Roberts

I don’t know how many of you are aware of this, but Anaheim City Officials, including Police Chief John Welters, are resorting to the convenient scapegoat of blaming “outside agitators” for the “civil unrest” that took place on the streets outside City Hall last Tuesday night. At a Wednesday press conference, Welters made the ridiculous argument that about 2/3rds of the 1,000 or so protesters who assembled that evening didn’t live in the city. Last night, I spoke with a journalist who challenged Welter’s claim, pointing out that approximately 20 of the 24 people arrested that night were Anaheim residents–some evidence that rebuts Welter. In response, Welter couldn’t offer him anything to back his arguments. In a recent interview with the Orange County Register, he says he “thinks” that most of the people in attendance were “outsiders,” but then makes the contradictory statement that they are just “estimates” and there is no way of vouching for accuracy. He also hints in the interview that “Occupy Wall Street” was one of the “agitators.”

Blaming “outside agitators” is a very old tactic and was frequently used by racist politicians in the South during the civil rights movement of the 1960s to dismiss protests by oppressed peoples–specifically those organized by people of color. Every time that politicians invoke the claim that “outside agitators” are coming into the community to stir up trouble, they are making an effort to marginalize grievances by hinting they are inauthentic and foreign to the community, hence not worthy of listening to. In addition to this, they are subtly suggesting that oppressed peoples who are protesting are too stupid to mobilize in defense of their own interests and are hapless fools who are being manipulated by “outsiders” with fiendish motives. But most importantly, they are trying to divert attention away from their own malfeasance and ineptitude, and the root causes of unhappiness among the masses: namely high unemployment, racial discrimination, political disenfranchisement, police brutality, poor housing conditions, poverty, and social inequality.

As a longtime Anaheim resident and a former organizer of many protests, demonstrations, and marches here in Orange County, which varied in size from 8 to 800 people, it is my professional opinion that, after reviewing video footage and photographs, a solid majority of persons who participated in the actions that took place around City Hall last Tuesday were locals. Although I do not deny the fact that a portion of the crowd were “outsiders,” those numbers are no where near the 2/3rds that Welter estimates. Looking at social media pages and websites of groups that I know participated in this action, I estimate that less than 1/3rd of the protesters were “outsiders,” and many probably came from Fullerton, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, and Buena Park, cities that border Anaheim. I suspect a few might have traveled from as far away as Long Beach and Los Angeles. I noticed many participants were young men and women, some juveniles. If so, they probably came from nearby working-class Mexican neighborhoods that happen to engulf the downtown area.

Welters is one of the most sophisticated Police Chiefs that Anaheim has ever had and is very good at manipulating public opinion. I think it’s very important to issue some kind of rebuttal to the utter bullshit that he and other Anaheim City Officials are peddling, especially the subtle attempt to demonize “Occupy Wall Street,” a movement which I strongly sympathize with. If anybody here is interested in joining along with me to organize a press conference here in Anaheim, possibly sometime next week, to counteract the garbage he and others are disseminating, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email at duaneroberts92804@yahoo.com.
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


LATEST COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 1 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
TITLE AUTHOR DATE
The Global Satanic Government's (The CIA) Satanic Miltants with Badges Attack U The People The CIA's Satanic Militants with Badges Tuesday, Aug. 07, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Local News

Violence Against Poor In Venice A29 12:59PM

California Safe Schools Honors 11 Year Old Daniel Randall A25 2:25PM

NPR's Marketplace: The Voice of Loanshark Capitalism A19 4:08PM

Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, Pandering to the Corporate Whores of the Storage Industry A09 5:03PM

Lartiste Maestro iTunes télécharger de la musique gratuit et Légalement 2016 A08 3:20PM

Spring 2016 National Immigrant Solidarity Network Monthly News Alert! A05 2:14PM

KPFK and Pacifica, more doings, reposted here A04 4:18PM

Liberated Political Prisoner Sekou Odinga Speaks Out M11 9:39AM

Solidarity With Anaheim M08 10:16AM

Tribune Company Stock Bought By LAPD Union To Silence Criticism Of Police M02 8:01AM

KPFK as Pacifica may be in legal jeopardy, again... M01 2:43PM

Anaheim Anti-KKK Fund Drive F29 5:04PM

March For Bernie 2, Pasadena and Los Angeles F28 8:16PM

Innovative Approach To Fighting The Droughts F16 11:56AM

International Day of Solidarity with Leonard Peltier F12 5:51PM

January 2016 Honduras Coup update F12 4:42PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Paraphysique du syndicalisme M26 12:43AM

Flaws in cops/fbi are fatal to our free country M25 7:53PM

Joan Benedict Steiger to Sign Her Autobiography Brooklyn Baby at DIESEL, A Bookstore M25 2:17PM

Fbi murderous corruption, per validated " fbi whistleblower " M25 2:13PM

Puerto Rico Debt Bill Heads for Full House Vote M25 11:18AM

A Case Against Hillary Clinton, Candidate Of Endless War M25 10:58AM

Interior Designer Dorothy Willetts: Where Art, Soul, And Space Meet M24 5:19PM

Swami in a Strange Land M24 5:07PM

Benevolence vs. Evil M24 11:42AM

Duterte offers cabinet posts to Maoist Communist Party of the Philippines M24 4:26AM

Who Owns the Sky? The Climate in the Globalization Trap M24 4:02AM

Gaza to overtake Saudi Arabia with executions per capita M23 10:46PM

Bernie Sanders in Lincoln Heights M23 8:23PM

Fbi and its severely misguided Director, murderous agents and insane operatives M23 7:41PM

30 years passed in an instant. Ubi Sunt? M22 1:48PM

Hillary Clinton Flunks Animal Rights And Environmental Issues M21 12:52PM

Medical Update M21 10:36AM

USPI Corrupted by fbi Assassins , II M21 7:34AM

Propaganda Countdown to WWIII: Armenians in the Crosshairs M21 6:28AM

Clash Royale Hack - How To Get Unlimited Gems iOS - Android M20 2:02PM

Message for YOU! M20 10:32AM

Paraphysique du chômage M20 10:21AM

The Language of Neoliberalism M20 5:51AM

The Shortwave Report 05/20/16 Listen Globally! M19 4:15PM

L'an 01 M18 10:58PM

The fbi's Future Crime Project M18 8:51AM

Los Angeles Sit-In to Fight Voter Suppression M18 4:28AM

The Case for Public Housing M17 7:53PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2003 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy