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Clashes in Oakland: 400 Arrests, Tear Gas, Flash-Bang Grenades

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Occupy Wall Street Movement, OWS, economies, politics, world, 'CIVILLIBERTIES!', freedoms, news )

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Police once again ratcheted up the tension by using force against an entire crowd of protesters.

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Patricia E G (54)
Sunday January 29, 2012, 10:35 pm
400 Busted ... The Law in Oakland is having a Field Day!

Shelly Peterson (213)
Sunday January 29, 2012, 10:38 pm
Thankyou for posting, Cal!

Elle J (276)
Sunday January 29, 2012, 10:58 pm
The mayor of Oakland has memory loss. She was once in the position of a protester and she obviously learned nothing from the experience. Heavy handed hypocrisy is what she is all about. I hope they vote her out in the next election. The way the law is behaving regarding all of the protesters or occupiers if you prefer, is a disgrace. What every happened to right of assembly and freedom of speech....guess it got gobbled up like all of our other rights! Time for some serious decisions.

Susanne R (235)
Sunday January 29, 2012, 11:30 pm
The eyes of the nation are on Oakland! I hope the mayor and her police force are ready to accept the consequences of their actions. And I hope they start making more sensible decisions.

P A (117)
Monday January 30, 2012, 12:36 am
Oakland - we are all watching you - and the actions of your Police Force need to be above criticism! And I don't know if things have changed, but back in the 70s when I was a teenager I saw a 'rubber bullet' at an exhibition - they were HUUUGE - another incidence of things being given anodyne names to hide what they are up to.

Oakland - we are watching you!

lee e (114)
Monday January 30, 2012, 4:29 am
Oakland's mayor has a lot of people to answer to - an entire nation - although I suspect that we have a bit of federal intervention which cannot be proved, it seems that violence may be perpetrated by a fringe element (homeland security?) - the intimidation of a large police force in riot gear is most provocative, that in itself should be examined as should the ammunition used in a crowd.

Jessica C (178)
Monday January 30, 2012, 4:57 am
What does Jean Quan think she is doing? Her progressive activist past is what got her elected. Her sharp turn toward fascism is grounds for her recall. Shame on her!

Past Member (0)
Monday January 30, 2012, 5:02 am

Annette O (24)
Monday January 30, 2012, 5:05 am
Oakland needs new law makers

Past Member (0)
Monday January 30, 2012, 7:21 am
life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love

patricia lasek (317)
Monday January 30, 2012, 8:12 am
It's too bad that things have to escalate into violence because of a few rabble rousers in the bunch. The police did not have to use such drastic measures against the protesters. Shame on them!

Anne S (25)
Monday January 30, 2012, 8:21 am
AGAIN...No report on my tv about Oakland. Newsmedia blackout....

The eyes of the world will NOT be on this without it being disseminated. Even on PBS, the commentators on Washington Week in Review and the McLaughlin Report do NOT voice the truth. The are still on the side of the 1%. They defend the low taxes for the rich. Only Bill Moyers & Company tells the whole truth.


Dean M (0)
Monday January 30, 2012, 8:54 am
Stay strong Oakland with the power, courage and compassion of non-violent protest!

tammy B (52)
Monday January 30, 2012, 11:40 am
Don't the cops in Oakland have enough to do like catching drug dealers, murders and solving actual crime instead of turning on mostly non violent protesters? Or is the the 1% that afraid....

Yvonne White (229)
Monday January 30, 2012, 11:47 am
Stop now, watch that sound, everybody look what's goin' down..:( They WANT the 60's & 70's back, soon they may get it!:(

Victoria P (113)
Monday January 30, 2012, 12:57 pm
Thanks for the post!

Daniel Partlow (179)
Monday January 30, 2012, 2:22 pm
It's important for the protests to remain peaceful. As we can see any excuse has the PD responding very badly.

Nancy Roussy (79)
Monday January 30, 2012, 5:11 pm
I'm going to ask the same question I asked when I saw the video of this in the cause section of this website which is was the street those people were marching and standing on closed? If not then they were not supposed to be there and this is why the cops did what they did. They can protest but protesting does not mean and it does not include bothering other people!

Sheryl G (360)
Monday January 30, 2012, 5:38 pm
Jean Quan
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza 3rd Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 238-3141
Fax: (510) 238-4731
TDD: (510) 238-3254

We must all express our dismay of citizens being treated this way. No one should be subjected to this treatment when the people are out there expressing redress of grievances as all other ways they have expressed themselves have been shunned or dismissed.

The only ones that have had their say and way have been the 1% and they have bought out our Government. If the Government of for and by the people was really working for the People then there would be no need for Occupiers or the Occupy Movement.

We need to support each other, those people are not out there on the streets just for themselves, nor complaints of something on Oakland, they are out there for all of us, and those of us who are not there need to make our voice heard, so please email, phone, fax, snail mail, but express your mind on the treatment of your fellow citizens. With the passage of NDAA you can easily be next, so unite and support one another.

Deanna J. Santana . . . .238-3301

Edmund G. Brown
(916) 445-2841
Fax: (916) 445-4633

Charles O (209)
Monday January 30, 2012, 7:43 pm
> It was, once again, a tale of two protests. Accounts in the corporate media relied primarily on police statements to paint protesters as wild animals running amok in the city, while those following the day's events via a small group of “citizen-journalists” broadcasting raw, unedited footage from their cell-phones and flip-cams got a wildly divergent view of exactly how things escalated.

-- "Clashes in Oakland: 400 Arrests, Tear Gas, Flash-Bang Grenades", Joshua Holland, 29 Jan 2012

Virginia Esquer (10)
Monday January 30, 2012, 10:50 pm

KS Goh (0)
Tuesday January 31, 2012, 5:08 am
Thanks for the article.

Carrie W (6)
Wednesday February 1, 2012, 10:56 am
I do believe civil unrest is what Cloward & Piven stated was necessary, then the USA will go bankrupt, then more civil unrest when entitlements are cut, kinda sounds like Greece!!!
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