In Pasadena, CA, members of the “Occupy” movement sought to inform the public that their commitment to fight the corporate corruption of this nation is neither gone nor forgotten. Anti-Wall Street protesters staged a pre-arranged demonstration on the heels of the 2012 Tournament of Roses parade on Monday. Bringing up the rear of the 123rd annual New Year’s Day event – themed “Just Imagine” – came the motley crew of protesters remind to viewers that “Everything is not coming up roses,” as one protester’s sign read.
According to Reuters, 300-400 hundred demonstrators made their way to the Tournament of Roses on Monday, but were largely confined to the sidelines, and similarly snubbed by TV networks covering the event. While coverage may have been minimal, their presence was no less prominent, particularly given its stark contrast to the parade’s flowery state of affairs.
Protesters were seen marching in a “human float” that followed directly behind the official parade, brandishing a 250-foot banner of the constitution, which read “We The People” as well as a massive octopus, fashioned from recycled plastic grocery bags. Chants-a-plenty mingled with the festive sounds of the Rose parade’s marching band such as, “Banks got bailed out, we got sold out!” Signs carrying similar messages declared that the Occupy the Rose Parade “… is what Democracy looks like.” A “Stop Foreclosures” banner unfurled along the sidelines as a Wells Fargo float rolled by got yanked down by Police almost as quickly as it was mounted. Some protesters were seen wearing tents, acknowledging movement’s origins as a tent-city rebellion, in New York’s Zucotti Park.
While speaking to the Occupiers, Anti-War activist Cindy Sheehan, who lost her son to the Iraq War, stated: “I haven’t paid my income tax since my son was killed. I refuse to be a funder for their crimes against humanity.”
Although three truckloads of cops followed the Anti-Corporate Corruption activists, no arrests were made during the procession. The protest may have been hectic, but it was peaceful, Reuters reports. “Everything went very, very well. We’re very pleased,” police Lt. Phlunte Riddle said of the Occupy presence. “They did exactly what they said they were going to do.”
What seemed to be a movement that had the wind forcibly taken out of its sails may in fact just be experiencing a breather. In addition to the Rose parade demonstration, the Occupy movement has planned a tentative day of action for today in NYC to oppose Obama’s “treasonous signing of the National Defense Authorization Act,” despite his “serious reservations.” Regardless of widespread and occasionally violent suppression, it appears as though the Occupy will revolution continue.