Some heroic actions from the 99 Percenters of the Occupy Oakland movement in California as they resist police stun bombs, tear gas, rubber bullets and other brutal efforts to break-up their protest encampment.
Street demonstrations in Syria are commended by Washington. Opposition forces in Libya can be lauded and backed by Nato bombers when it suits American political, military and business interests. But any peaceful dissent at home must be ruthlessly crushed.
As with the state's violent oppressions on Wall Street, it's another illustration of just how much the US regime fear and suppress real democracy.
Expect more such brutality from the anxious 1 percent and their state enforcers. As Chris Floyd says: "You can smell the fear in the boardrooms."