Occupy Orange County Takes Santa Ana and Finds A Republican!

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Little boy protests corporate abuses in Santa Ana today.
UPDATE: 11:44 P.M., OCT. 22: Click here for updates, including names of the arrested and what the group plans on doing next.

UPDATE, 11:11 P.M., OCT. 22: Editor's note--Four arrests confirmed by Occupy OC organizer Alicia Rojas for resisting no camping order. One of the arrested was an Iraq war vet named Anthony Velloza.  

UPDATE, 10:45 P.M., OCT. 22
: Editor's note--we're hearing four protesters have been arrested. According to a witness, as of 10:15 P.M., an estimated 75-100 protesters were still present at the Santa Ana Civic Center refusing to disperse. Mounted police then moved in. Occupy Santa Ana has also left a comment on the arrests on the official OC Weekly Facebook page. See bottom of post for screen grab. Stay tuned for more details. 

ORIGINAL POST, 5:26 P.M., OCT. 22: Just under 200 feisty protesters with Occupy Orange County marched Santa Ana streets this afternoon, chanted anti-corporate slogans and won supportive horn honks More than two dozen uniformed law enforcement agents--in vehicles, on foot and riding horses--carefully monitored the peaceful protesters as they gathered in a park across the street from the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse at noon and then zigzagged down sidewalks to a branch of Chase Bank.

"Down with Chase, not the human race!" the crowd shouted under the leadership of Theo Hirsch, an outspoken local musician.

The high-energy, bandana-donning Hirsch inspired the protesters repeatedly by sparking passionate chants throughout the three-hour event. While yelling, "Power to the people; not the one percent," he seemed to cause six, armed federal protective service agents to rush over to the area and shoot menacing glares before eventually retreating.

When he wasn't using a bullhorn, Hirsch held a handmade sign: "F*ck the Federal Reserve and their little bitches on Wall Street."

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Photographs by Kevin Liu
Occupy Orange County protesters march in front of the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse.
Alicia Rojas, a Santa Ana artist and one of the event organizers, faced off with Burton Liao, a proud college Republican who showed up to start a counter demonstration that never materialized. Liao--a self-identified Ron Paul fan and Cal State Fullerton junior--argued that the protesters were misguided and unproductive.

While people chanted, "This is what democracy looks like, Liao told Rojas, "I'm not against liberals. But you are protesting against the corporations when you should be protesting against the government. The government is making it difficult for the corporations. The government is the problem, not the corporations."

Rojas rolled her eyes and told Liao that this "isn't a Republican or Democrat thing but about the top versus the bottom [on the economic scale.]"

Replied Liao, "The protesters would be better off learning so that they can get a job from a corporation."

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Kevin Liu
Increasing taxes on the rich was a common goal for protesters.
Nearby, Gilda Victoria held a large poster that depicted the melding images of George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Asked to explain, the Santa Ana woman said, "Same, Bush and Obama."

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Kevin Liu
Not one of Michael Jackson's children.
Unlike last weekend's related Irvine rally, young people dominated this one in Santa Ana, but there were also grandmothers like Marsha Russo in attendance. Russo said she was inspired to personally protest after reading news reports about the Occupy Wall Street protests.

"I agree with a lot of what those people are saying," said the retired Buena Park woman. "I lost two-thirds of my 401K because of Wall Street and so I'm really disgusted with the government's bailout of Wall Street executives. We have to now stand up for what is right."

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Kevin Liu
Hirsch: Occupy Santa Ana's Master of Ceremonies
Not far away, Hirsch prompted another chant, "Hey, hey. Ho, ho. Corporate greed has go to go!"

--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly

(rscottmoxley at ocweekly dot com)

UPDATE, 10:45 P.M., OCT. 22
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The OWS/ Occupy...whatever are nothing but morons with an undertone of violence.  They need to focus their efforts on politicians and the government.  Of course the "author" is the current Bootlicker since old Dillow left as he attempts to coddle and embrace the love that is the government.

It is government that took taxpayer $ and bailed out these banks.  If we had real capitalism this wouldn't have happened - capitalism would have allowed companies that make horrible decisions to fail.  What we have is corporatism.  Of course old Moxley can't point that out since he;s nothing but a partisan.  

It is government that starts wars, maintains wars.It is government that gives these corporation subsidiesIt is government that requires individuals that want to move about the country to be virtually sexually assaulted and/or given a nice shot of radiation before getting on a plane.It is government that controls and instills a police state.It is government approval of the Fed Reserve that allows them to print money out of think air and thus devaluing our dollar. 

Our government, and it didn't start with Obama, that has consistently violated the US Constitution.A large and oppressive government is the problem.Try reporting on that Moxley you hack.

Crypticfawn
Crypticfawn

The only "good" thing about this "camp" is that it didn't smell as bad as the LA group. Love how they think they have come up with a new "idea" of the "call and response." That chant they use is a form of "Call and Response". It's an ancient technique used in primitive societies to create an altered state of consciousness in the chanters. Funny thing is, it might explain the news stories of sexual impropriety and violence coming out of the Occupier movement because "call and response" was used in mating and courting rituals. You can't make this up. Guess they are practicing to be zombies.

mitch young
mitch young

Is that woman-child holding the 'tax the top' sign a 'Latina' immigrant, and  if so, can we let more of her female countrymen in?

Zebrastand
Zebrastand

Occupy is the best hope this country has. I am disgusted with American companies who have sold us out. Some are more evil than others like Disney who is allowing characters such as Winnie The Pooh, Tinkerbell, and others to be used to solicit their liquid drinks in plastic bottles from China . (who the Hell would feed that to a child)? It is not to easy to find a Hallmark card that is made in this country, but plenty are coming from China. First Halloween, then Thanksgiving, and then Christmas and people decorate their homes with all the crap from China. Ironic that Amercans buy all this from a country that does not allow open worship of Christianity. I feel like a fool for ever believing that we were supposed to have a government that set some protection in place. Just to name a few: Consumer Protection Agency, FDA, Truth In Lending, Truth In Advertising. And one more gripe-theUSPS is importing scotch tape from China and just a few years ago local election signs had made in China printed on the back.

mitch young
mitch young

Why did I know there would be at least one "soul patch" involved?

José
José

You mean the constitution that no citizen voted on that was forced on us like children?  You mean the constitution that Bush and Rove chewed up and shat out?  You mean that piece of paper that Ron Paul likes to use as toilet paper so he can garner the vote of morons?

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

You seem to have More facts, why don't YOU publish it? You can post it as a comment here. I agree with the motives of the OWS movement, but I disagree with the name. it is NO way an occupation, it is another go nowhere protest. in 20 years the corporate controlled masses will look back at the memories, but the Corporate State controlled media will have completely forgotten it.

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LOL...none of this could happen without the tacit approval of our crony government.  It is government that handed over taxpayer dollars to these corporations.  In fact, this is not true capitalism because true capitalism would have allowed the banks to fail because the banks made horrible business decisions.

Also, it's government, to include Obama and the rest of the crooks, that gives the people subsides, starts wars, maintains wars, uses force....

None of this started in the 80s, it's been going on since the 30s.  To blame one party signals to me that you are nothing but a partisan.  

youngturk
youngturk

Blame Reagan he is the one who opened, encouraged and increased outsourcing to China. - from their it hit us like an avalanche.

José
José

To blame both parties equally signals to me that you have no idea what you are talking about.  If you think it is all Obama, you're a republican.

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

Actually to be totally accurate Richard Nixon Removed the locks to open the gates to China, Reagan just opened them wider, Now Nixon & Eisenhower & Reagan would be branded Liberals even by modern democrats.

Zebrastand
Zebrastand

I will include Reagan, without a doubt, but from where I sit, Democrats and Republicans have failed this country for many years and in many ways.

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Nice source you partisan.  FDR was a corrupt crook as well.  Just look at what he did to the Japanese.

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

Actually the war of the wealthy against the workers has been going on for centuries. The current assault was started during the election of FDR Corporatists and Wall Street bankers actually plotted to overthrow his presidency. http://www.dailykos.com/story/...

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ANYWAY, THIRTY YEARS of class warfare (started by the rich, and, until now, waged by only the rich) is ENOUGH.

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