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City Spends Millions To Attack Occupy Oakland [Photos]

City Spends Millions To Attack Occupy Oakland [Photos]

The following is an update from OccupyOakland.org:

On Tuesday evening at 5pm Occupy Oakland gathered at the foot of the Oakland Library on 14th Avenue before setting off on a march past the jail and onward to Frank Ogawa Plaza. The peaceful gathering swelled as it marched through downtown, growing upwards of 1,000 people strong. Along their route were police from 17 jurisdictions in California, decked out in riot gear and weaponry.

Just before 8pm the police began throwing concussion grenades and tear gas directly into the crowd, injuring several nonviolent protesters. Weapons were aimed and fired at people as they attempted to help the injured and bring them to safety. The crowd reconvened a block away and continued to peacefully occupy the streets outside the plaza. For several hours this scenario was repeated as citizens tried to gain entrance to the plaza while the police held their line using “non-lethal” rifles, tear gas, and barricades.

The city has spent several million dollars in this campaign to shut down free speech in Oakland. Meanwhile today the Oakland Unified School District will vote on closing down 5 schools: Lakeview, Lazear, Marshall, Maxwell Park and Santa Fe. They will meet at 5pm at Oakland Technical High, where they will be met with protestors from Occupy Oakland and other groups demanding a more sane and just allocation of the city’s resources.

Occupy Oakland will reconvene every day at 6pm at 14th & Broadway until the camp is reestablished. Join us!

Click on the thumbnails below to view exclusive images of the march:


Note: All images copyright Jean-Philippe Dobrin Photography: Not to be republished or exchanged with a 3rd party.

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10:55PM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

It is our right Tara. There is no reason why they can't march right up your street and continue to spread the truth about these shites of wall street. I believe the state I live in is a police state. Kids can't even go out to play anymore without being approached by the piggies. I don't have a grand appreciation for the letter of the law, especially when they make up so many of them just to box us in. It seems that people don't have passion anymore. None even for themselves. And compassion and true understanding?, or even love. Does love seem synonymous with some of those who find it so easy to call those trash who have compassion and some grit to do what OWS people are doing.

1:20PM PDT on Oct 31, 2011

Tara Jane, your HATE is showing! Go OWS, I support and applaud you and so do many Canadians and others around the world!!!

9:27PM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

This showed me 3 things one is that the politians who ordered this are cowards and deserve empeachment. And second these cops were also cowards who could have told the polititians no we wont attack innocent unarmed people. After all they have consiences or maybe not.and last but not least the second revolution here in the USA class war has begun and these cops need to realise there part of the 99% and not slaves to the 1%

3:46PM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

Police = Idiots. You are the ones causing problems, not the demonstrators....

1:39PM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

Uniformed terrorists will be used by the elite to suppress freedoms.

12:52PM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

Gestapo to the left. Gestapo to the right. Good morning, America, have you looked in the mirror and seen what a fascist state you've become?

12:49PM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

The police are thugs hired by the rich to enforce the whims of the rich, protect the rich, and put the middle/poor classes in body bags.

The rich are allowed to break the law without consequence far more often than not, and directly profit from the private jail slave labor camps that are bankrupting local government with their 500% markups.

11:38AM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

If the police were not on site in riot gear there would be no violence. Sadly just as with the Veitnam Protest the police are unfortunetly the problem not the solution. Send the police home and allow the protest to go on peacefully.

8:27AM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

Rae B.--You said it all.

I also remember the marches of the 60s, and they were very much like this--except that this is spreading around the world in support.

Joe S.--The world is not watching; the world is joining in. There are marches in support all over the world.

7:03AM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

Rae B., you said it well. I cannot add anything except my support for the protesters and I wonder why the police aren't standing with them instead of against.....

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