After a day of mayhem, Occupy protesters have shown themselves to be little more than a dangerous mob. Democrats coddle them even as their outrages escalate. Criminal behavior has no place in a democracy.
After turning New York and other cities' public parks into open sewers with their extended camp-outs last year, the left-wing protestors of Occupy had little more to do than look for ways to remain relevant after public sentiment turned on them, crowds thinned and donations dried up.
By descending into a mob that is the antithesis of democracy, they found one.
May Day arrived and suddenly Occupy decided the holiday of the international left was its ticket to getting names in the news again.
But instead of peacefully assembling to present their dog's breakfast of causes — from hating capitalism, to amnesty for illegal aliens, to halting foreclosures — they descended into violence and criminality that can only mean worse to come.
Five anarchists were arrested in Cleveland by the FBI for trying to bomb a bridge. Authorities said they had a wish list of other targets, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, the Justice Center of Cleveland and another bridge. Two of the arrested — Brandon Baxter and Anthony Hayne — were named in past news reports as leaders of Occupy Cleveland.
Around New York, 10 envelopes full of white powder imitating anthrax were mailed to seven banks, to Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office and to two media outlets, including Fox News. "This is a reminder that you are not in control," the menacing notes read. "Happy May Day." A police spokesman told Reuters: "The messages indicated a link to today's May Day demonstrations."
In San Francisco, Occupy's black-hooded goons got started a day early, massing and smashing shop windows of small businesses in San Francisco's startup alley, the Mission District, as well as slashing tires, hurling paint bombs, vandalizing buildings, setting fires and assaulting news photographers.
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