On eve of May Day, Valencia, Mission Police Station vandalized

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A group of protesters left a trail of broken glass and paint tonight as they made their way from Dolores Park to Duboce on Valencia. Windows were broken, garbage cans overturned, paint bombs thrown, and messages saying “yuppies go home” as well as anarchist symbols were spray-painted on several restaurants, art galleries and cafes.

The façade of the police station on Mission and 17th was vandalized and broken.

A gathering at Dolores Park was advertised as a “a ruckus street party to counter gentrification, capitalism, and the policing of our communities.” About 200 attended, and chatted about their plans for the following day's May Day activities while music played.

Shortly after 9pm, the group left the park and began to march on Dolores. Some overturned recycling bins and vandalized the windows at Farina restaurant minutes after turning the corner on 18th St, while others held back.

Dozens flocked to the sidewalk and began yelling, “this is not an Occupy SF action!”  while passers-by looked on, concerned.

The group turned on Valencia, continuing to shrink in size and break windows. Within half an hour there were less than 50 people in the march.

About 40 of police on foot followed the march along Valencia, trailing behind as vandalism continued. SFPD representatives were not immediately available for comment, but based on witness accounts there were no arrests.

Neighborhood residents were angered and confused by the destruction. One man who did not wish to be named said, “They kept doing it while other people in the march were trying to get them to stop. It was childish.”

Occupy Oakland protester Jesse Smith told CBS he was “more than a little shaken” by the events. 

“I know Occupiers,” Smith told CBS. “None of us have any idea who they were.”

A message on the Occupy SF website reads, “The march in the Mission Monday night was not an OccupySF event. OccupySF does not endorse this kind of destruction of the 99%’s property. The individuals involved in this destruction are not known to OccupySF, and we believe they are outside provocateurs sent in to tarnish the image of Occupy prior to the May Day actions.”

Comments

I was there, this is a pretty good and accurate account of what happened. Also a police car ran a red light and t-boned another motorist.

Posted by Guest on May. 01, 2012 @ 2:29 am

Let's think about this. The police come in and beat the shit out of, and arrest people sleeping in tents in a park and on sidewalks, and yet when 50 so called 'protesters' engage in serious large scale organized property destruction, giving cops a perfect justification to swoop in and make aggressive mass arrests, no one gets busted???

What's wrong with this picture...

The Mission destruction was clearly planned by government infiltrators and coordinated with the police to be allowed to wreak havoc without interruption, so that the government and the media would have an excuse to demonize the Occupy movement.

Posted by anonymous on May. 01, 2012 @ 8:29 am

ever get embarrassed by posts like this?

Posted by Matlock on May. 01, 2012 @ 8:34 am

He/she so paranoid that it doesn't seem he's able to comprehend anything beyond his/her perception. Maybe this person is among those who contributed to the destruction of a peace and beautiful neighborhood.

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Posted by Antoinette Mellish on Jul. 02, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

Occupy "leaders" rush to announce that it was a fringe, breakaway, splinter group or some such.

But the simple fact is that Occupy (what's left of it) is predicated on breaking the law and causing disruption and chaos. So it's inevitable that such events will continue to occur.

The movement had its 15 minutes of fame, and then it got hijacked by the usual suspects.

Posted by Guest on May. 01, 2012 @ 3:18 am

You're wrong. And there is no "simple fact", so how about you stop talking as though you have some authority on the subject, as clearly you do not.

Posted by Guest on May. 01, 2012 @ 5:56 am

There have been multiple incidents of damage, violence, drugs etc. at Occupy "events" over the last few months. Any movement thata dvocates so-called direct action is going to be hijacked by those who simply want to cause trouble.

Why hurt small businesses and private vehicles when the alleged target is big banks?

Posted by Guest on May. 01, 2012 @ 9:32 am

and you might know that if you did something with your life besides sit in front of you computer day after day after day after day.

Posted by it wasn´t an occupy event on May. 01, 2012 @ 1:29 pm

I get paid for my regular job while I do it.

Yeah, I can multi-task.

Posted by Guest on May. 01, 2012 @ 1:41 pm
Posted by Guest on May. 01, 2012 @ 1:28 pm
Posted by Guest on May. 01, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

sorry.

Posted by uh, not true on May. 01, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

of fucking assholes
always one step forward, 3 steps back with these "occupy" related fucks.
it's funny with all the protests that I've seen in SF that it is only the occupy related stuff that ends in violence. why is that Yael? dick.

Posted by DanO on May. 01, 2012 @ 5:35 am

This is historically inaccurate as well as a stupid thing to suggest. Perhaps you never heard of the White Night riots? The AB101 protests? the Act Up episode in 1989? The riots following the 49ners victory that trashed downtown to Feinstein’s horror? The Rodney King protests in the Mission?

What appeared to happen last night certainly seems to be simple hooliganism, by opportunists who used an Occupy gathering as a shield to act in ways that no one supports.

But San Francisco has seen its share of violence in street actions, including -- it must be noted -- by the police. The landmark US Civil Rights Commission report “Who Guards the Guardians” was specifically about what they concluded was a police riot following the White Night riots when police rampaged through the Castro and destroyed LGBT businesses.

Posted by CitiReport on May. 01, 2012 @ 6:52 am

you can go even further back in history. any riots in 1887, perhaps?

the simple fact remains that this "simple hooliganism by opportunists" continues to happen during "occupy" events, and the wholesome, pure protestors aren't doing anything to stop it. Oh yeah, they can stand up to the faceless Man at Wells Fargo and the Lee/Pak machine, etc, but when it comes time to test their mettle, well, business's windows get smashed, cars defaced, etc. etc. They set this nonesense into motion and then try to deflect any responsibility? I am Occupy, hear me roar. Feh.

please stay on your high horse. someone is going to end up dead eventually. that'll sure help The Cause.

Posted by DanO on May. 01, 2012 @ 7:30 am

achieve genuine reform does not mean that EVERY example of bad behavior is somehow justified. It's hard to see how smashing the cars and small businesses that belong to ma and pa is advancing any reasonable cause.

Posted by Guest on May. 01, 2012 @ 9:34 am

no matter how badly you wish it so.

Posted by this wasn´t an occupy event on May. 01, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

I guess they wanted to be finished with their act in time to get a PBR at zeitgeist.

This couldnt have been a more pathetic act. Fringe group or not, they carry the occupy banner and this is Occupys problem.

Posted by greg on May. 01, 2012 @ 6:40 am

99% stupid.

Posted by Guest on May. 01, 2012 @ 7:01 am

When the advertised "protest" is self-described as “a ruckus street party to counter gentrification, capitalism, and the policing of our communities", why is the SFOccupy group surprised that property destruction was the result. It is truly disingenuous to disavow the vandalism when the term "ruckus" is used to advertise the event.

Posted by Guest666 on May. 01, 2012 @ 7:52 am

did you idiots read the article?

Posted by this wasn´t an SFoccupy event on May. 01, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

Oops, I guess you are right. It was an Oakland Occupy event. It's too bad we can't be issued a scorecard to differentiate between the Occupy teams.

Posted by Guest666 on May. 01, 2012 @ 2:26 pm
Posted by Guest on May. 01, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

Why didn't anyone from the "legitimate" protest wade in and help stop the "vandals".

Given Occupy's largely anti-police attitude, shouldn't they "police" their own events?

If these people aren't with you and run counter to your beliefs, why not stop them?

Wouldn't that go a long way towards changing the perception of people who may believe that Occupy perpetuate and condone such behavior?

I don't claim to have answers, but I do have questions.

Posted by SFNative on May. 01, 2012 @ 8:54 am

Why didn't anyone from the "legitimate" protest wade in and help stop the "vandals".

Given Occupy's largely anti-police attitude, shouldn't they "police" their own events?

If these people aren't with you and run counter to your beliefs, why not stop them?

Wouldn't that go a long way towards changing the perception of people who may believe that Occupy perpetuate and condone such behavior?

I don't claim to have answers, but I do have questions.

Posted by SFNative on May. 01, 2012 @ 8:56 am

"counter gentrification, capitalism, and the policing of our communities"

Anything to distract attention from the criminals on Wall Street and warmonger in control of the government, politics, the economy and our lives.

Occupy is not the generalized receptacle for every failed progressive campaign.

Posted by guest on May. 01, 2012 @ 9:08 am

It's not? Could've fooled me.

Posted by Guest on May. 03, 2012 @ 3:39 pm
Posted by Guest on May. 01, 2012 @ 1:23 pm

get that through your unbelievable think skulls. just because you want it to have been an occupy event so that you can feel justified in your hatred for occupy doesn´t make it so.

got that?

It WASN´T an Occupy event

Posted by Guest on May. 01, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

surprise when even the protestors themselves don't know whether it really is or is not an "Occupy event".

Seems like they want to see how it goes and then decide that afterwards.

Posted by Guest on May. 01, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

whether or not it was an occupy event, except you idiots who are grasping at reasons to hate people who stand up for themselves and the downtrodden.

maybe you´ve heard of radical anarchists? well anways, they existed long before occupy and they continue to exist. just because some people were observing May Day with a protest doesn´t mean it was an occupy event.

anyways, nobody cares what you anti-social creeps think anyways. done talking to you.

Posted by guest on May. 01, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

We've had weirdoes forever and they make zero difference to anything.

So, keep it up.

Posted by Guest on May. 01, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

Doesn't go to exact post, search for

"We call upon all of our comrades"

to see the actual post.

Posted by Guest on May. 01, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

These were members of the Occupy movement. I don't think that the majority of protesters, who did not join in the vandalism, need to feel responsible for the acts of a few destructive idiots in the Mission, but there is no point in denying that they are all members of the same whole. If you watch the footage posted on youtube and other sites, you cannot help but see the pointless violence and hear the racist sloganeering.

My favorite bit of dialogue?

Question: "Is smashing some random dude's minivan going to change that?"

Answer: "WHITE MAN GO HOME! WHITE MAN GO HOME!"

But just because the majority is not to blame, doesn't mean that the majority shouldn't take action when it serves their best interests. It's your movement, folks. It's up to you whether you allow racists and sociopaths to taint your message. A revolution CANNOT succeed without the participation of the Middle Class. That's a proven fact. Do you want to drive this campaign home? Or do you want to swerve it into a ditch?

Posted by RamRod on May. 01, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

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