Recently Seattle police found a way to put pressure on the Occupy Wall Street movement in the Seattle area. They are ticketing the people….not the actual protesters, but people who are driving by and honking their horns in support. As much as I feel the Occupy Wall Street is a misguided farce inciting class warfare and potential violence, they do have the right to protest peacefully. This is from KOMO in Seattle:
“Starting at 11 p.m. Friday, police started pulling over and ticketing drivers who honked as they drove past protesters. When the first car – a taxicab – was pulled over, the protesters followed and shouted at police who then formed a blockade around the driver’s cab. The cab driver was then given a $144 ticket – and protesters ended up handing him money afterwards to help pay for his fine.”
The movement has been making themselves know by protesting their support in Westlake Park, which is in Emerald City. Its been going on for about a week now. The support for the redistribution of money and the take down of american corporate greed should be at least acknowledged for their commitment. But the fact is, they have the right to protest, no matter how misguided they may be. What the police are doing is harassment, and the people who are protesting have the right to be there as well.
The people who are honking their support have the right to do so too, and should not be issued tickets for doing so. Again, it will be the police that will put the protestors over the edge, in my opinion. They may be doing their jobs, and its a difficult one, but there will be those in authority that will go to far, and that will cause chaos. From some of the images out there already, it could happen at any time.