Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Youth Revolt - OWS at DNC Calls for Obama's Arrest
CHARLOTTE — More than 120 protesters from the Occupy Wall Street movement turned up outside of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) Tuesday calling for the arrest of President Barack Obama. The crowd consisted mainly of disaffected young voters who had eagerly cast their ballots for Obama in 2008.
“I wept in the street when this guy won [in 2008], but he hasn’t gotten the job done,” one protester told an Obama supporter outside of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
An Occupy protester from Atlanta who goes by the name D-Rocket turned up in Charlotte after sitting out the Republican National Convention last week. He said that the protest’s presence at the DNC was even more important since Obama has failed to carry out many of the policies he advocated on the campaign trail in 2008.
“Even the healthcare bill was a massive kickback to pharmaceutical and insurance companies,” he said. “The one that eventually got passed is essentially a requirement that everybody purchase health insurance … I’m not very happy with it.”
Mr. Rocket roamed the streets of Charlotte with a life-size replica of a Reaper drone that Obama has used to kill terrorists, including American-born Anwar al-Awlaki. Obama has made his counter-terrorist operations the center of his foreign policy credentials to demonstrate his toughness to the American people. However, that strategy received a sour response from protesters in Charlotte, who decried the high civilian toll drones have taken in Afghanistan.
The crowd carried a more militant attitude than D-Rocket into the soaked, barren, caged-in “Free Speech zone” that Democrats and the city of Charlotte constructed for the protesters. The crowd chanted “arrest Obama” and held signs that called the president a “fucking traitor” as they assembled outside of the zone surrounded by dozens of bicycle cops. Several police helicopters circled overhead.
“Thanks a lot Gestapo,” a protester snarled at a police officer as he joined his compatriots.
“There’s not been a lot of progress,” D-Rocket said.