“What went out in Oakland is an act of terror against American citizens perpetrated by police on behalf of banks,” said Gordon Duff, an American journalist and senior editor at Veterans Today, in an interview with Press TV on Thursday.
US riot police in Oakland, California, used tear gas and sound grenades to disperse more than 1,000 anti-corporatism demonstrators that were marching on Tuesday to protest the recent massive arrests in the city.
Police had earlier arrested at least 90 demonstrators and removed tents set up by Occupy Oakland protesters outside the city hall and in a local park.
Duff further noted that certain organizations, including Veterans Today, have dispatched activists to those American cities where Occupy protests have been taking place since mid-September to “control what has been police violence.”
Scott Olsen, a former US Marine and Iraq war veteran, reportedly sustained a skull fracture after being struck in the head with a tear-gas canister fired by police during “Occupy Oakland” protests on Tuesday.
We were “very upset” with the police “because we found that they were taking money from the banking organizations, many of them working directly for the banks,” he further explained, adding, “We have developed a very severe lack of trust in our police organizations.”
The ‘Occupy’ movement, emerged after a group of people on September 17 rallied in New York’s financial district under the name Occupy Wall Street, to protest against top-level corruption, poverty as well as social inequality in the US.
The movement has now spread to major US cities and other countries, including Australia, Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland, and Portugal.