I went by the "occupy Austin" event today at City Hall. Several hundred people were there early in the afternoon. As of about 2 o'clock it was quite peaceful and uneventful. Austin police are generally not hostile to events like this, but there were a lot of police officers in attendance, including, to my surprise, Chief Acevedo himself, who walked around talking occasionally to the top button of his shirt, which presumably contained a microphone.
There was a surveillance team on the top of the building to the west of City Hall, three guys with binoculars, plus a still camera and a video camera set up on tripods. I took some photos of 'em with a 200 mm lens, and when I got home I realized that they were military. Two of the three were in what I'd guess are Army uniforms. The third guy in a t shirt could have been a cop, or a soldier who took off his fatigue shirt.
I am interested in why the military is watching this demonstration. Anyone have any ideas?
Photos below (click on any of the images for more detail):
And of course I have to show you Chief Acevedo talking to his shirt:
Plus an impressive array of motorcycle cops parked in the shade across the street
And that was to keep this...
...from getting out of hand
It was peaceful enough when I left.