Michael Moore – Filmmaker Michael Moore told anti-Wall Street protesters in Oakland that the Occupy movement – which has spread to cities across America and overseas – in inspiring millions who are angry about corporate excess, income inequality and the failure of politicians to address issues facing the majority of Americans.
“We’ve killed despair across the country and we’ve killed apathy,” he said.The director of the documentary films “Fahrenheit 9/11” and “Bowling for Columbine” said people throughout the U.S. were “disgusted” and “horrified” when police fired tear gas and bean bags and took other aggressive actions against protesters Tuesday night.
Iraq war veteran Scott Olsen, 24, remains hospitalized in fair condition with a fractured skull suffered from a projectile fired during a sweep of Frank Ogawa Plaza by police in riot gear. His condition has become a rallying cry at Occupy protests around the world.
Although police cleared protesters and their tents from the plaza Tuesday morning, the protesters and their tents returned the next day, and held a candlelight vigil for Olsen. The new encampment has grown to about 50 tents. Organizers said up to a thousand people were in the area late Friday night, with very few police in sight.
Addressing about 1,000 Occupy Oakland protesters in front of City Hall Friday, Moore said the week’s events in Oakland will go down as a “watershed moment” in the Occupy Wall Street movement, reports CBS Station KPIX.
“Millions have seen this and are inspired by you because you came back the next night,” said Moore.
Oakland protesters re-“Occupy” plaza”Occupy” demonstrators rally around injured vet.