UPDATE OCT. 17, 4:45 p.m.: Despite the fact that Irvine Police have told Occupy Orange County protesters they cannot camp in the city, the group seems determined to stay put. Several tents have been set up on the lawn located at the intersection of Alton Parkway and Harvard Avenue where the group has been protesting for the past three days.
may be sovereign territory of obscenely wealthy right-wing ideologues,
but today the quiet of its streets was shattered by loud voices from a
diverse crowd of fed up citizens.
As many as 1,000 activists outraged
by corporate greed, rallied under the banner of Occupy Orange County
and took to the streets of the city where Taco Bell, Broadcom and Bax
Global are headquartered.
They hoisted signs decrying the abuses of corporations while angrily shouting, “This is what democracy looks like.”
The event began at 10 a.m. with people gathering across the sprawling green lawn in front of city hall. An hour later, a small band of aging rockers armed with a saxophonist played the lulling strains of Pink Floyd's “Us and Them,” as a long line of people snaked for several blocks to the intersection of Barranca and Jamboree.
In a commentary written by syndicated columnist Mark Steyn, which ran in last Sunday's Orange County Register, the right-winger belittled the movement and accused patchouli- wearing members of having an “industrial strength lack of self awareness.”
Earlier this week, event organizer D'Marie Mulatierri told the Weekly that activists were planning on occupying the grounds of the civic center indefinitely. At today's rally she said the plan was still in effect. But when asked if she would be among them, she smiled coyly and said, “no comment.”