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Riot police decimate Occupy Oakland with tear gas, rubber bullets, etc.

An Occupy image from NYC

Occupy Oakland had set up their encampment on the lawn near City Hall. This morning, riot police came and dispersed the peaceful protesters. There were many arrests and injuries. You can call the Oakland Police and complain and/or ask them to be compassionate to arrestees at: (510) 777-3333. Occupy Oakland asks you to contact the Mayor: here.

A local news source reports that “some kind of smoke has been released”.

One of the protester-run sites, Global Revolution Live Stream says that tear gas was used, and rubber bullets were used.

(excerpt from) Mercury News:

[Live blog excerpts put back into chronological order:]

5 a.m. Police move in [encampment on the lawn outside Oakland City Hall]

Police have donned gas masks and some kind of smoke has been released. [It is reported on Global Revolution Live Stream that the police used tear gas against the demonstrators.] There is a ring of police surrounding the plaza. In addition, police have blocked off the intersection of 14th and Broadway.

Police are dismantling the barricades and throwing them into the streets and also tearing down signs, ripping them up.

Protesters are sitting down, and police are now leading them away, handcuffed. Police in masks are moving into the camps.

6:15 a.m. Police descend on Snow Park camp

Dozens of police officers are moving into Snow Park near Lake Merritt. An officer is using a bullhorn to tell protesters to leave the small park. Police are ripping down the tents and protesters are yelling “go away, go away.”

“Attention protesters at Snow Park, this is the Oakland Police Department, you are in violation of the law. You must comply with this announcement. It has been determined that you are illegally lodging and are subject to arrest. To avoid arrest, you must gather all your belongings and vacate the park. You must comply with this announcement now.” Protesters are yelling “police state, police state” and “rise up, rise up, against your masters.” Police are forming a line to protect the people who have been arrested and put in police vehicles. Protesters claim they have the right to assemble and yell “shame, shame, shame, shame,”…

Early Tuesday, the city [City Government of Oakland, CA] ousted protesters who have camped out for two weeks at the Occupy Oakland tent city on Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in front of City Hall. Police started assembling around the tent city at 14th Street and Broadway at about 3 a.m.

11:48 a.m. Labor council leader condemns encampment shutdown.

Josie Camacho, a leader in the Alameda Labor Council, is announcing a news conference at 6th and Washington streets right now, condemning the camp’s shutdown as “an unprovoked raid on peaceful protesters.”

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