Magazine Calls Occupiers to Recreate 1968 Chicago
Adbusters, the radical, the Vancouver-based anti-consumerist magazine credited by many media outlets for launching the Occupy Wall Street protests, is calling for 50,000 protestors to “Occupy” the G8 summit in Chicago in May.
The Adbusters ad shows a picture of Chicago police beating up defenseless protestors, and comes with the caption: “In the Tradition of the Chicago 8” — the radicals who incited the riots in Chicago during the 1968 Democratic convention.
The Adbusters ad threatens to shut down the economy if the Occupiers’ demands are not met: “And if they don’t listen … if they ignore us and put our demands on the back burner like they’ve done so many times before … then … we’ll flashmob the streets, shut down stock exchanges, campuses, corporate headquarters and cities across the globe … we’ll make the price of doing business as usual too much to bear.”
Truth be told, many Democrats are hoping the Occupiers will stay away from the G8 meeting in May, and far far away from the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Whatever chance the Democrats had of winning the 1968 Presidential election disappeared after the Chicago riots. With George Wallace running as a third party candidate, the popular vote was close, but President Richard Nixon won the electoral vote by a landslide.
This is why Republicans are hoping fervently that thousands of Occupiers WILL go to Chicago and Charlotte, and do their best to recreate 1968.