Egyptian Brutality Comes to America: Police Fire Rubber Bullets at Peaceful Protesters

George Washington's picture

This is not Egypt, Greece or Italy ... this is America:

The injured gentlemen is Veterans for Peace member Scott Olsen, allegedly shot with a rubber bullet.

This is another gentlemen allegedly shot in the face with a rubber bullet (his injury is above his right eye, while the injury to Scott Olsen appears to be on the left side of his face):

Here are police roughing up a peaceful woman protester:

And a policeman threw a flash grenade into a crowd trying to help an injured protester:


Some are calling this the "new Kent State".

And protesters from Tahrir Square, Egypt, say this is what it looked like there.

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darkstar7646's picture

The first problem that has to be addressed, Forgiven, is that we no longer live in a free society.

The Constitution is no longer the Law of the Land, and the only reason that people like me aren't wholesale-ly arrested is because of the fact that there isn't enough place (even WHEN the rumored FEMA camps are opened) to put us all -- where are you going to off going on half the US population?

Wyndtunnel's picture

Amazing how quickly the very tactics you describe - permits to protest in designated protest zones - went from being mocked and decried when applied by the Chinese Governement at the 2008 Beijing Olympics to becoming policy in American cities.  If this kid dies...Man, things are going to escalate.

4horse's picture

...Man, things are going to escalate.

which, in that way, is what they want

El Yunque's picture

When you consider how easy it is in this country for any nut to buy a gun, then look at the ramp up in the police trade of riot gear, body armor, automatic weapons, armored vehicles, it does give you pause, doesn't it?

It's almost like killing any kind of law that contains the word "gun" was the plan from the beginning. All it will take is one nut of any extreme pursuasian with a need to pop off a round and this thing goes up like an ammo dump, unleashing the full might and power of the modern American police force.

Now would be a really good time to hand out Don Bowl, lots and lots of it, to everybody including the cops, for a little love in.

"You hear that?"

"Hear what?"

"Sounded like a gun shot...."

"Nah man, that was a sonic boom..."

"What the fuck is a sonic boom?"

"Did you hear that?"

"Yea, it was a sonic boom..."

"Dude, I'm soo high..."

"Yea man, try this, we call it Screeper..."

"What about the fucking sonic boom?"

"What sonic boom?"

"Chill dude, it sounded like a gun shot and we ain't got no guns..."

"Fuckin A, this is good."

"Now what were you asking about?"

"Fuck if I know; did you catch The series last night...?"

Barry Freed's picture

Those who reflexively support authority have no place in civilized society.

laosuwan's picture

well, i guess that means you are out of place

Barry Freed's picture

Those who reflexively support authority have no place in civilized society.

dehdhed's picture

"... and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

Declaration of Independence  July 4th, 1776

Whalley World's picture

land of the fee
home of the slave

Seasmoke's picture

wow ! whats up with all the slanty eye little yellow (bellied) gooks with badges......something dont look right

Freddie's picture

Liberal shithole city in a liberal shithole state run by leftist unions & their THUGS. Here they are seriously harming kids and people brainwashed by their liberalism. At the same time they bankrupt these kids future with tyheir liberal mega govt and pensions for union govt "workers."

Where is the outrage? CA is a totally evil hell hole. F CA. F liberals.

Here you go liberals. Cities like Boston, Oakland, DC, Philly anc Chicago attacking this misguided kids brainwashed by your liberalism universities and TV/media complex.

Samman's picture

STFU you ass lick'n tea-tard

laosuwan's picture

a classic leftist rebuttal

darkstar7646's picture

Freddie, put bluntly, as I said to a few San Francisco conservatives:

Pray I don't move back to the Bay Area. It won't be nice nor pretty.

Westcoastliberal's picture

Freddie, gota luv ya because you dig the ZH, but take a pill and go back to sleep motherfucker

Frankie Carbone's picture

hahaha, Yep, you sure did nail this one. The crux of the problem is lib'rulism. 

Go back to sleep Rumplestilskin. 

TrulyBelieving's picture

The crux of the problem is'nt liberalism. It's discarding Liberty and Freedom, and choosing social welfare. Without the US Constitution and the protection from tyranical govt.,you will see much worse. But adherance to the Constitution and the individual Liberty it brings is something you don't believe in. You wouldnt try to defend it because that would really cost you something, your gov't free stuff. So I say it will get worse, your hell on earth of you ignoring Liberty.

Frankie Carbone's picture

TrulyBeieving: I believe that most folks' here have their sarcasm detector turned off. Couldn't agree with you more. Personally, I think that any idiot that still believes in the phony librul-conservative paradigm is so lost that at this point I've almost lost all hope based on their naivete alone. 

There are little boys here cheering on the beating of their fellow countrymen. 

Divided we have fallen. 

Freddie's picture

Yes we have tyranny at the Federal level but one of the main reasons for the implosion was ACORN/CRA/community organizers suing banks to force them to make loans to anyone or  it was racist.  The banks gladly made then and also leveraged up on teh trading side and MBS.  You also had lefties at World Savings, Fannie and Freddie setting the time bomb to blow.  People like Sandlers, Raham, Gorelnick etc.  Then you have Soros and his hedgie short cronies (Paulson et al) with Goldman lighting the fuse to profit from the chaos they helped create.

These kids have been screwed over by liberalism and university union shops which pushed joke degrees to get their lefty buddies professorships teaching these kids nonsense.  Now these same liberal cities with liberal Dem mayors are cracking these OWS kids heads open.   The muslim will save the day with a student loan bailout.  This is tyranny.

Yeah it sucks under Bush and the Repubs but at least it was semi sane.  This is headed for you know where....


blindman's picture
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tempo's picture

Will someone tell me why no one is occupying Washington DC, the mother load of all corruption and greed!! Maybe Obama does not want the attention.

TrulyBelieving's picture

Why would a movement occupy its own headquarters? Washington DC, the mother load of corruption and greed, and the mother of these occupiers.

Breaker's picture

Yup. But that would be the government occupying the government.

TrulyBelieving's picture

Nope, That would be the government subsidized occupying the subsidizing government. 

Saxxon's picture

Well, I just came from Oaktown an hour ago; my wife picks me up on 8th & Broadway after work.

They are back out in the streets and there are choppers in the air again.  The group is trying to re-take the plaza. Storm troopers all around.  One might get the impression the marchers are a little angry.  They will learn tactics fast, you watch.

DeadFred's picture

Oakland is well versed in the fine art of rioting.

diesheepledie's picture

The professionalism of the police is amazing. Bless your souls! I don't know how you could be so patient in the face of this belligerent mob of miscreants. The smell must be awful. :-(

silverserfer's picture

How do you find time to be on zerohedge when your wife is in the next room just askin for a beatin? Bes get back to it before she cheats on ya!

darkstar7646's picture

You know, your name actually makes sense when you post that tripe.

You must, then, call for a significant culling of the sheeple herd.

Samman's picture

Your name almost makes sense...  Dorkstar would be more like it.

darkstar7646's picture

Sorry you can't handle the truth, bitch.

Peter Pan's picture

Perhaps what we should be saying is that the vast majority of police are decent people who nevertheless are obliged to follow orders until the day that even they will join the crowd in protest at what is being done either because their conscience becomes too much to bear or because they no longer have a job thanks to job cuts. As for the bad apples, they exist everywhere. Even in the crowd of protestors.

bill1102inf's picture

Those police are a DISGRACE TO AMERICA. The Army National Gaurd needs to show up and arrest ALL the police.

Freddie's picture

I bet most on the crowd voted for this and O. I am amazed that these most liberal places are brutally beating these kids up. Keep voting for Dems kiddies. Not that the GOP is much better but Calif is a Democrat disaster. The college filled with libs screwed these kids into getting "degrees" in nothingness.

silverserfer's picture

Yeah Cali sucks. Its nothin gcomared to your shithole state where the most exciting activity is manure sculpting.


diesheepledie's picture

And fight on the side of the zombies?

diesheepledie's picture

Yes!! Rubber bullets are better than no bullets. I LOVE that hippies are being the cannon fodder of the "revolution"! Now all that need to happen is Sam Adams in an alley way, and a roll of fire crackers; followed by the word "FIRE!".

nah's picture

you like hippies on the front line... o rite its funny getting shot in the face 1000 fps by cops


or cops shooting hippies in the face now thats funny

Jupiter's picture

George Washington, my left-libertarian friend.

I have been considering this for some time now.

There will be an ignition point, but someone
will actually have to die.


diesheepledie's picture

Morons think there will be revolution. That is not what is being engineered. What you WILL see is CIVIL WAR. And it will make your head spin.

darkstar7646's picture

You're right -- and it probably will get you your desired result.

caerus's picture

jupiter's kinda a pussy

- w.d. gann

essence's picture

Ah yes, Oakland (aka "there's no there there"), that lovely city by the bay where recently the fire department in mass watched a man down in chest deep bay water on account that saving him didn't explicitly fall under anyones job mandate.. The city where CAs elderly, '70's disco throwback governor (formerly mayor of Oakland) is currently blizzard-signing wacko laws into place.

Folks, steer wide and clear of Oakland, CA too if you can help it.
Let it implode, you'll be doing it a favor.


Bastiat's picture

Actually the was committing suicide; he didn't want any help.  A woman swam out to rescue him and he refused her help. He should have done it at night so he wouldn't cause such a fuss. Drama queen.

laosuwan's picture

I will always remember Oakland as a place where you could find really great coffee and also where you really needed to be off the streets before dark.

Bagbalm's picture

When does Obama reenact the Night of the Long Knives?

darkstar7646's picture

I'm giving it about April of next year.

He's got to re-train and have enough time to get his brackets made up.

But between that, the Super Bowl, and the like, I think we've got April-June, 2012, as the blooey point.