Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The battle for Oakland

Police battled the Occupy (OWS) protesters at Ogawa Plaza in Oakland. ABC 7 News reporter Amy Hollyfield reports that Oakland is still unsafe:
Because of all of this police activity, they have shut down a lot of the streets here in downtown Oakland, and they have advised people that work here to delay the start of their day. Don't come down here immediately, maybe stay home until further notice.
Oakland's Police Chief Jordan explains why they had to shut down the Occupy Oakland protest
The decision to move was based on public health and safety due to defecation, fire hazards, sexual assault incidents, violent behavior, and the denial of access of medical aid. . . . Several officers had been assaulted, doused with hazardous materials, paint and bottles.
Videos collected by Ed Driscoll show the tear gas flying during the battle.

Other than that, of course, it was just like a typical tea party.

PREVIOUSLY on the Occupy Wall Street movement:
A Visit to Occupy San Francisco: photo essay
Occupy Oakland and Marxism: a video

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