I’ve written before that City Director Lance Hines got the Occupy Little Rock eviction movement going by complaining about the unslightly appearance of their tent camp at 4th and Ferry. As a member of the architectural control committee of the Villages of Wellington out in rigidly conformist western Little Rock, Hines didn’t surprise, even though the camp was on a gravel parking lot barely visible from anything but speeding traffic on I-30.
Now it appears Lance Hines had a deeper concern — anarchy and revolution. Which means, of course, that it really was a political move on his part to squelch the protest. Which the city did. Hines doesn’t call me, so I’ll just let his e-mail exchange with one of the arrested protesters speak for itself on the issue. It won’t lift your confidence in our City Board of Directors.
Hines said he saw a self-proclaimed Occupy Wall Street anarchist on the Sean Hannity show and that was proof enough for Lance Hines of what the Occupy movement is about. Occupy LR may not be a bunch of anarchists — maybe they’re merely unaesthetic blights on the landscape — but Hines said in a note to Mac Miller, arrested in the Occupy LR eviction, “You are the friends you keep, in other words.”
Miller, a military veteran with cogent thoughts on why Occupy is protesting, wasn’t happy about Hines’ description of him.
The exchange was provided to me by Robert Johnston.