It’s become clear that the unprovoked police assault with pepper spray on some young women at Occupy Wall Street two weeks ago exploded attendance at the demonstration when it had already begun to wane. The result is that the Occupy movement has since spread to scores of cities, including a dozen in Canada, where demonstrations will commence this weekend. The graph above also shows that interest from the general public has massively increased as well, once police violence came into play.
Unfortunately, the Boston police have not learned the lesson, executing a middle-of-the-night raid upon the Occupy Boston demonstrators, leading to the arrest of at least a hundred, including a large number of veterans present to offer their support. It’s this last detail that is particularly distressing. American military personnel are invariably described as “heroes” when in combat, but are too often ignored and abused once that service is done: inadequate medical care, joblessness, homelessness, and a suicide rate that exceeds combat deaths.
(h/t Dish for the chart)