This incident reportedly took place during a midday rally at the Georgia Capitol in Atlanta on Saturday. Even though this was part of the nationwide campaign by MoveOn.org to hold rallies in all 50 state capitals, this even got very little press coverage. This is one of the few reports I found from WGCL-TV:
ATLANTA -- Union activists rallied Saturday at the Georgia Capitol as part of a national campaign to support workers in Wisconsin.
Organizers say they are afraid a push by the Wisconsin governor to curtail labor unions in that state will spread nationally.
Participants are also protesting budget cuts which they say have become "dangerous."
Today's rally was sponsored by the AFL-CIO and MOVEON.ORG.
Now take a look at the video:
IMPORTANT EDITOR'S NOTE: We have just posted an interview with the Bill Greene, the victim in this attack, describing exactly what happened before, during and after the assault. To hear that interview click here.
YouTube poster 1cfbjr caption the video this way:
This guy crossed the street and came into the group intentionally to thug it up.
There was a cop that I missed on the video.
You can see the officers trousers as I am trying to catch back up to the action and I am outside the barricade looking back in.
The cop stopped anyone from pursuing this freaking hero
Here's a screen grab of the guy:
Some of the usual suspects were in attendance, like the International Action Center founded by Ramsey Clark. You can see that in this picture from WGCL-TV:
This was a turbulent week for protest in Atlanta. On Wednesday a similar rally had some intense moments. Progressives were already concerned because one conservative pre-rally post seemed to encourage Tea Party-types to bring weapons:
The advice that “attendees are requested to be flexible in your attire” is apparently a suggestion to keep firearms concealed. The original author goes on to claim that “the lefties are idiots who are very good at running their mouths… and also very good at keeping their distance from an armed American”.
A couple of posters advised against bringing firearms to the rally, but that point of view did not seem to carry the day.
While I could find no reports of violence at the Wednesday rally, there was indeed some ugliness exhibited toward the Tea Party: