[UDATED: Irvine Police Squelch Attempts at Occupation] Corporate Abuses Prompt Large Irvine Rally

UPDATE OCT. 17, 4:45 p.m.: Despite the fact that Irvine Police have told Occupy Orange County protesters they cannot camp in the city, the group seems determined to stay put. Several tents have been set up on the lawn located at the intersection of Alton Parkway and Harvard Avenue where the group has been protesting for the past three days.

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Occupy Orange County sent out a press release this afternoon stating that the city has promised to allow protesters to camp on the lawns overnight if their ranks grow to the hundreds. Up until now, Irvine Police have told those who spend the night to remain on the sidewalks and keep moving. The group maintains the city's municipal code allows people to sleep on the sidewalks in sleeping bags as long as they don't hinder the movement of passing persons. An attempt to reach department spokesperson Lt. Julia Engen was not met with an immediate response.

UPDATE, OCTOBER 16, 5:05 P.M.: Last night Irvine police told Occupy protesters they couldn't camp in front of city hall, where the group is currently rallying against corporate and banking industry greed. 

Just before 10 p.m., an officer approached 28-year-old Jenny Bernal who was set up in a tent on the sidewalk in front of the civic center and notified her there was no camping allowed in the city of Irvine. 

After packing up their camping gear, a group of about 22 protesters continued to gather on the sidewalk in front of the civic center under the watchful eye of three Irvine officers posted nearby. In a scene out of the Oliver Stone film Midnight Express, the group was told they weren't allowed to stand still on the sidewalk and would have to continually keep moving.

 D'Marie Mullatierri, one of the event's organizers said a legal representative contacted the watch commander to attempt to reach an agreement. Though she couldn't say if it had any effect, she added that late last night, drained from exhaustion, she refused to keep moving. "I sat on the sidewalk and said 'if they want to take me, they can take me because I can't keep moving.'" Mullatierri said even after people stopped moving, no arrests were made. The group continued with marches today and will hold a general assembly on the lawn at 7:30 p.m. 


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Protesters wanted to know why Wall Street crooks escape prosecution. Click here to see more images from the protest.
ORIGINAL POST October 15, 8 p.m.: Click here to see a slideshow of protesters.

Irvine may be sovereign territory of obscenely wealthy right-wing ideologues, but today the quiet of its streets was shattered by loud voices from a diverse crowd of fed up citizens.

As many as 1,000 activists outraged by corporate greed, rallied under the banner of Occupy Orange County and took to the streets of the city where Taco Bell, Broadcom and Bax Global are headquartered.

They hoisted signs decrying the abuses of corporations while angrily shouting, "This is what democracy looks like."

The event began at 10 a.m. with people gathering across the sprawling green lawn in front of city hall. An hour later, a small band of aging rockers armed with a saxophonist played the lulling strains of Pink Floyd's "Us and Them," as a long line of people snaked for several blocks to the intersection of Barranca and Jamboree.

Marchers were bolstered by constant honking from passing cars and trucks.

Since plans for the protest were first announced through social media more than a week ago, the stated goal was for participants to stand in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street, which is currently camped in Manhattan's Zucotti Park. Similar events have sprung up in Los Angeles, San Diego, Boston and Florida with many in the media criticizing the movement's lack of a clear goal. 

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The X Factor in Irvine. Click here to see more photos from the protest.
In a commentary written by syndicated columnist Mark Steyn, which ran in last Sunday's Orange County Register, the right-winger belittled the movement and accused patchouli- wearing members of having an "industrial strength lack of self awareness." 

Today's event, which saw little old ladies standing shoulder to shoulder with teenagers and middle class parents, belied Steyn's assumptions. Though, in his defense, there was a smattering of shirtless granola munchers present. 

When asked what brought her to the event, Elaine Threadgill of Dana Point said, "The injustices of the banking industry. The social system has gone to pot."

Irvine resident Leti Stiles, 53, was motivated by what she sees as a lack of opportunities for her son, a business major saddled with student loans. "Kids have become slaves," she said. "The banking system has enslaved them with debt and no hope."

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V for Vendetta. Click here to see more photos from the protest.
Earlier this week, event organizer D'Marie Mulatierri told the Weekly that activists were planning on occupying the grounds of the civic center indefinitely. At today's rally she said the plan was still in effect. But when asked if she would be among them, she smiled coyly and said, "no comment." 

By early afternoon two tents had been set up on the civic center lawn. One man who didn't give his name said he intended on camping out and was prepared to be arrested if police enforce a 10 p.m. curfew.

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36 comments
Nutrax2005
Nutrax2005

 The problem with a capitalistic society taking on a new consciousness is that when they get to the point where greed is no longer a suitable bed partner they need to see another way to solving problems that can no longer be taken care of just by the greed motive for constructing a country. Sure we needed to be greedy to get where we are but now what we need is to turn that greed into altruism for the sake of the nation. A person who can give it all back to those he got it from and still run the business, not for himself anymore but for our nation who needs non greedy persons who can be around such wealth and still be altruistic about its distribution. We need people who can make this machinery work for the sake of making it work and not for the sake of getting rich. Out with the old, in with the new.

mitch young
mitch young

The people in your pictures look as fat, ill dressed, old and, yes, caucasian, as any Tea Party rally. Plus, the Gadsden Flag is a whole lot cooler than those silly V is for Vendetta Masks.

Anonymous in OC
Anonymous in OC

Hey is that anon wearing a Bad Religion t-shirt? Awesome.

PatrickR
PatrickR

From the photos, it looks to me like these are primarily the same people who voted for the wonderful change in 2008, when throwing their allegiance behind the Pied Piper of Chicago.  Oops, "stop the music," I guess that change isn't working out as well as they expected?  It goes to show you, "Be careful what you wish for, cause you just might get it."I couldn't help but notice that most of these protesters were wearing designer jeans, shirts and shoes, with their BMW's, Merceedes and other high end vehicles parked in the City Hall parking lots.  If these are examples of used and abused citizens, Orange County is in big trouble.  I hate to pop their bubble, but if we don't get rid of  Obama and the liberals (Republicans & Democrats) in Congress in 2012, things are going to get a hell of a lot worse and these wantabee Anarchists will be shredded by the machine.  If that happens, it will be too late to protest, or they will not be allowed to by the government.   

thom234
thom234

To all you "Occupy People".....BLAME YOUR PRESIDENT, YOU ELECTED HIM!

Guest
Guest

So, instead of investng in these publicly traded companies and making money themselves, they went and protested them. Makes sense to me.

Mechistamujer
Mechistamujer

At the General Assembly, they were making plans to sleep k. the sidewalk. Apparently the sprinklers turn on after 10.

oldfart
oldfart

You gotta love it -- Democracy at its finest.

HistoryLesson
HistoryLesson

Yeah because a bunch of corrupt Wall St money-sucking Repub and corporatist Dem parasites won't pass any financial reform.  Try reading.  And thinking.  It helps.

HistoryLesson
HistoryLesson

Hey moron, the financial crisis happened on Bush's watch.

HistoryLesson
HistoryLesson

Right, the poor should all invest in the stock market.  Damn, you just personified the cluelessness of every rich white moron that the world thinks of when they think of OC.  Good job.

PatrickR
PatrickR

Yep, you are right oldfart, that is the great thing about this country, everybody gets to throw in their 2 cents worth.  However, in my experience, Democracy does not always equate to intelligence and common sense.

While we are all pissed big time at what our government has become over the past forty years, we should be even more angry at ourselves for allowing it to happen.  Where the major protests should be taking place are at the White House, in front of Congress and at the State Capitol in Sacramento.  Of course, all this "hue and cry" on the part of the left is nothing more than an Obama engineered smoke screen, developed to deflect voter attention away from the miserable job he has done as President.  Funny thing about smoke screens, the wind blows and they disappear.  I have a hunch that between now and the election in November of next year there will be some gale force winds blowing across the United States taking the smoke with them.  Meanwhile, on with Democracy.    

Guest
Guest

And Obama has done so much to change things. That guy is a joke. And you elected him. Nice.

JS1272
JS1272

couldn't be to much of a MORON if they worked hard and got RICH!!!  people like you are just LAZY AND STUPID!!

Guest
Guest

So, I'm a moron because I started with nothing, worked my ass off, and got rich. Keep hatin', it is going to get you real far.

HistoryLesson
HistoryLesson

 Politicians ARE corrupt, that is true, but its the banks and corporations, their masters and yours, that corrupt them.  You would know that if you had even the slightest knowledge of the events of the last 5 years.

HistoryLesson
HistoryLesson

I agree.  It is hard to find a candidate whom I agree with on everything and I don't agree with Paul on abortion and quite a few other issues.  But overall, I think RP will save the most lives the fastest by ending our war involvement, ending the war on drugs, and his prisoner amnesty.  These are truly revolutionary ideas.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

But what his views on abortion rights...that the right to choose should be left up to the individual states? (Which is a TERRIBLE idea)

HistoryLesson
HistoryLesson

Oh yeah, Ron Paul has stated that if elected he would give Kucinich a cabinet position!   Its true.

HistoryLesson
HistoryLesson

Just another Republican.. hmmm.  he's against all foreign wars, would cut off military funding to all the third world generalisimos we keep in power, would end the drug war completely, legalize all drugs, declare amnesty for all non-violent criminals currently locked up, would eliminate all corporate subsidies.. not exactly your mainstream Republican agenda.  Look him up.

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

to me Ron Paul is just another Republican...

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

Everything Obama and the Democrats have tried to do has been fought and filibustered time and time again by the party of NO. Republicans have ONE agenda and one agenda only, do or say anything to get that black man out of the White House. True, I was duped by his promise of "change" he ended up being the great concessionist! But he was still 100 times better than McCain/Palin. I wish Dennis Kucinich would run, he is a real Democrat that supports worker class values.

The Financial Crises started with Deregulation started by Ronald Reagan! The republicans will sit in their plastic ball of denial, but workers know...

HistoryLesson
HistoryLesson

Yes, I will admit that I made the mistake of believing candidate Obama's lies and I voted for him.  I will not be doing so again.  Ron Paul 2012!

Ronnie
Ronnie

You certainly make a broad assumption about this gentleman's voting record. Were you actually in the voting booth with him?

909Jeff
909Jeff

OKAY OKAY... STOP ARGUING! 

I will share the secret of wealth with all of you... Now please each one of you send me 20 bucks and a self addresed stamped envelope I will mail you my secret guide to getting rich.

For 30 bucks I'll mail you my guide to being a bad ass protester.  As a special "Occupy" offer you can have both for 40 bucks!

HistoryLesson
HistoryLesson

Not true.  Plenty of stupid greedy people out there getting rich.  I'm not saying you're one of them but....

Guest
Guest

i stand by my earlier statement completely. I don't expect them to act like I do, because if they did they would be smart. And richer. If you think about it, all of these protesters could speak a lot louder if they used their dollars to invest in companies they believed in and that weren't "corrupt." Don't try to make it seem like it takes a lot money to start investing either.

HistoryLesson
HistoryLesson

I realize that not everything in life is equal nor can it be.  That was the reason that your original statement about how poor people should be investing in the stock market was so completely asinine.  They don't have equal capital, equal resources, equal education, etc. so to expect them all to act like you is dumb.  But you already realize that "not everything in the world is equal" so just take back your original moronic statement and we can all agree.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

So we're not supposed to at least try and make the world a little bit better, regardless? People who have the attitude "well that's the way things are and there's nothing you can do about it" only contribute to the problem of inequality. You probably also believe people are poor strictly because they have a defect in their personality and/or don't work hard enough. You have what's yours so who cares about anyone else, right?

Guest
Guest

Here is a clue for you, not everything in the world is equal. Nor is it meant to be. And no matter how much you can't stand that fact, that will never change.

HistoryLesson
HistoryLesson

No, you're not necessarily a moron for working hard and becoming rich. Not at all.  But you're a moron for assuming that everybody had exactly the same chances in life that you did and that everybody can achieve exactly the same thing that you did. That, my friend, is cluelessness personified.

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