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This Pre-Occupation With Playing The Victims Of Wall Street Is Just Pathetic

by | 17th, November 2011

TODAY marks the two-month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. With the Zuccotti Park encampment in lower Manhattan cleared and hundreds being arrested in demonstrations in the financial district, it appears protesters have adopted an unflattering victim mentality.

There’s a whole lot of talk and tweeting going on about ‘police brutality’, ‘Nazi’ NYPD officers, Cossacks in riot gear sent in to ‘cleanse’ Zuccotti Park, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg behaving like a repressive Arab leader. It all shows that today’s radical left-wing activists are happy, not only to display great historical ignorance, but also to revel in an image of themselves as put-upon underdogs.

Why else would the new poster-girls for the amorphous OWS movement be an 84-year-old lady , a pregnant teen and a disabled woman three people who all got caught up in the tumult in the past few days? These are all figures many will recognise as fragile and innocent and so they are pushed to the forefront to demonstrate how vulnerable the protesters are.

For all of Bloomberg’s liberty-quelling impulses he has, as we know, launched wars on everything from sugar and salt to transfats and smoking he is hardly a brutal dictator. And for all the protesters’ desire to portray themselves as brave dissidents, camping in a park for two months without more or less

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