If you only looked at the pictures, you'd think they were rioting in Oakland instead of just waving flags while standing near bonfires. Do I think bonfires are any kind of a good idea? Not at all. Any success the #Occupy folks are going to get come from their dedication to peaceful demonstration. The moment that turns violent, all the national support will evaporate. That's why these groups have to be so careful about provocateurs and agents looking to incite violence in their midst.
Hell, who knows, just the idea of a riot, coupled with already documented police overreaction, may become the self-fulfilling prophecy the news and the right wing have so desperately wanted to see. And if you think the news organizations and the right wing aren't giddily anticipating this #Occupy thing turning violent, you must not live in the same country I do. See, I remember the last two years:
If folks are flipping out this hard over bonfires, can you imagine what the reaction would be if these folks took a page from the Tea Party playbook, and started talking about "second amendment remedies?" Or if they brought signs with targets over the names of people they didn't like? Or if there were organizers encouraging folks to show up at the #Occupy events carrying guns?
So far, none of that has happened. But that defined the Tea Party movement in general. That's something to keep in mind.