Now, evidence has emerged that these mayors may be coordinating their evictions of protesters. Speaking on a BBC radio show, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan says she was recently on a conference call with 18 cities dealing with 99 Percent occupations and that they were discussing how to handle the situation:
QUAN: I was recently on a conference call of 18 cities across the country who had the same situation where what had started as a political movement and political encampment ended up being an encampment of the people who started them.
The radio show The Takeaway captured the exchange in the following clip (skip to 5:30):
“We have said from day one that our fight is not with you, but rather with banks, irresponsible corporations, and a corrupt federal government,” said one Occupy Portland spokesperson, addressing government authorities in Portland. It appears now that mayors and city governments may be coordinating nationwide to deal with the occupations, and one would hope that they are not collaborating to crack down on free speech.