NO ANARCHIST: Occupy Little Rock protester Mac Miller (handcuffed arms raised) objects to City Director Lance Hines description of OLR as anarchists.

  • ‘NO ANARCHIST’: Occupy Little Rock protester Mac Miller (handcuffed arms raised) objects to City Director Lance Hines’ description of OLR as anarchists.

ON GUARD FOR ANARCHISTS: LR Director Lance Hines.

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  • ON GUARD FOR ANARCHISTS: LR Director Lance Hines.

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.

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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.

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The exchange was provided to me by Robert Johnston.