John on February 7, 2012 at 2:34 pm
During a Thursday meeting at McPherson Square, until Saturday the epicenter of the protests, Occupiers brainstormed tactics for shutting down or disrupting the conference, according to a source who was present at the meeting.
The protesters suggested pulling fire alarms in the hotel where the conference will take place, screaming “fire” during conference activities, “glitter-bombing” participants, cutting electrical power, and barricading entrances to the hotel, according to the source, who requested anonymity.
“Speakers will be physically assaulted, not just verbally confronted,” the source told Scribe in an email. Two Occupiers, who the source also identified as members of the New Black Panther Party, “said they would be disappointed if they didn’t get arrested and planned to ‘make it count.’”
The source quoted another protester as saying, “Mitt [Romney] has Secret Service now, but [Newt] Gingrich and [Andrew] Breitbart don’t,” seemingly suggesting that the latter two would not be as heavily guarded.
I was a bloggers conference in Denver and the protesters there tried something like this. It didn’t go well for them. Maybe they were expecting a bunch of guys in three piece suits who would run at the first sign of conflict. Instead they got bloggers who feed on this sort of thing as a staple diet.
I had one occupier tell me that America had killed more people than Communism. When I started to question him he suddenly had to go.
I’ll have my camera and phone on hand should any chaos break out. Hopefully no one will get hurt.