Jon Stewart Mediates the Occupy Oakland Protest

In his Wednesday round up of Occupy Wall Steet protesters nationwide, Jon Stewart looked at what's been happening in Oakland, Ca., and wondered if there wasn't a better way for the city to keep the peace.

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In his Wednesday round up of Occupy Wall Steet protesters nationwide, Jon Stewart looked at what's been happening in Oakland, Ca., and wondered if there wasn't a better way for the city to keep the peace. After playing footage of the police dispersing protesters, firing tear gas and making arrests, he remarked: "So, the city was worried about a public safety threat, so they did this," and he played a reel of what looked like chaos in the streets. "Seems a little heavy-handed." Later, after a bit of levity involving Godzilla as the 99 percent, he then leveled: "Look I know a self-selected group can't take over public space forever, it's public space it's for everyone ... but, seems to me there might have been a less [mimes firing sounds] way of resolving this." The Daily Show host then went on to suggest, in jest, a few alternate Oakland locations for the protesters to demonstrate freely:

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