Police wiped out Occupy camps in L.A. and Philly at roughly the same time. Part of the effort to make the movement invisible, writes Robert Scheer. More here.
Daniel Denvir in The Naked City, on a rumor that Philadelphia Daily News helped spread yesterday with its cover story (sub-head: “How the homeless hijacked Occupy Philly”):
I received a call nearly two weeks ago touting the same conspiracy theory: anarchists are being bused into the city. (And, a top city official has also repeated this narrative to CP as fact within the past few days.) In fact, Philadelphia (in particular, West Philly) has one of the largest anarchist populations of any city that I know. If anything, it would make more sense if our anarchists were being bused to invade other cities! And all of my sources at Occupy Philly, including two lead activists who very much want to relocate from Dilworth, reject the accusation as absurd.
Who would have thought a few weeks ago that hundreds of protestors from something called Occupy Philly would set up camp in Center City? The idea is almost as far-fetched as a tent city next to Wall Street. More here.