May 01, 2012
#OccupyCleveland Cancels May Day Event After Bomb Suspects Arrest (Updated)
Update on Mr. E's Blogger post: FBI Arrests 5 for Plot to Blow Up Ohio Bridge
Associated but not representative of the group?
Sure, and I have a bridge to sell you:
The Occupy Cleveland group confirmed it had an event called "May Day" scheduled for May 1 at the GE Lighting building in East Cleveland, but it said none of these suspects "were in no way representing or acting on behalf of Occupy Cleveland."Yeah, the teabaggerzz are the violent ones not Occupy! Just ask anyone in the Obama administration..
Here is the full statement sent by Occupy Cleveland:
"While the group arrested Monday evening by the FBI were associated with Occupy Cleveland they were in no way representing or acting on behalf of Occupy Cleveland or the event that was planned for later today at the GE Lighting building. The May Day Event that was sponsored by Occupy Cleveland, the North Shore AFL-CIO, Cleveland Jobs with Justice, Fight for a Fair Economy and SEIU Local 1 has been cancelled because of the alleged actions of the autonomous group arrested last night. Occupy Cleveland has had affirmed principles of non-violence since its inception on October 6, 2011."
Update: One of those arrested, Brandon Baxter, was the Occupied Cleveland spokesperson
Brandon Baxter, one of the alleged plotters known to his associates as “Skabby,” served as a spokesman for Occupy Cleveland, telling the Cleveland Plain Dealer in early March that he felt “the powers that be, whoever they might be—on all levels of government and those who hold corporate power—are not listening, because not enough people are actually taking a stance.”Yeah, they don't represent the group in any way..
Posts on Occupy Cleveland’s Facebook page indicate that Baxter was involved in helping the organization organize and advertise events as recently as February 2012. Baxter and two of the other alleged co-conspirators — Joshua Stafford and Anthony Hayne — list Occupy Cleveland as their “Employer” on Facebook, where the three list one another as friends..
UPDATE II: BigG has more on this, thanks to DMartyr