Photos from the ongoing police-protester standoff in Oakland right now. All of the photos were taken by Intifada Tent, a Twitter user currently live-tweeting from Oakland. The tear gas canister pictured above is, according to @IntifadaTent, the same brand used by the Israeli military.
Records reveal that the #OPD put officers with histories of using deadly force on the frontlines during Occupy Oakland protests.
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Have the Occupy Wall Street protests that sprung up across the country this fall already passed? Shot in NYC, Oakland, and Cincinnati, this short explores the state of the #OWS protests now that local governments have removed permanent encampments, and asks what the future will be for this still-young nationwide movement.
Produced and edited by Chase Whiteside (interviews), Erick Stoll (camera), and Liz Cambron.
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In an interview on BBC, Mayor Jean Quan of Oakland admitted that there was a recent 18 city conference call to discuss response to the Occupy Wall Street movement. (via capitoilette.com, at 5:30 mark)
“I was recently on a conference call with 18 cities across the country who had the same situation… .”
This coordinated national response lifts the actions out of the realm of simply state issues and onto a national and federal level. Were any FEDERAL agencies represented on these phone calls! This information needs to be provided.
It is certainly an interesting side-note that, as mentioned on capitoilette.com, that President Obama is in the midst of a nine day trip in the pacific rim? A trip that allowed him to be out of the country for all the recent actions?
Former U.S. Marine Scott Olsen, whose injury during clashes between Oakland police and protesters last month galvanized the Anti-Wall Street movement, has been released from the hospital, friends said on Friday.
“He is out of the hospital as of yesterday or today, thank goodness,” Adele Carpenter, 29, told Reuters.
Iraq Veterans Against the War spokeswoman Dottie Guy also confirmed Olsen’s release to Reuters.
Olsen is focused on healing right now, Carpenter told Reuters, but she added that “he is following the Occupy protests closely, as well as the vets march against police brutality today.”
“He sent words of affirmation to friends during the Oakland General Strike and has been excited to hear stories from people who could attend,” she said.
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
Thousands of workers and students have taken to Oakland’s downtown streets today as part of a daylong general strike called by Occupy Oakland organizers to protest economic inequity and corporate greed.
The crowd, which has forced the closure of some downtown streets, has been peaceful and almost celebratory - a band played and walked with the group and a “flash mob” broke out in dance at one point. Traffic, including AC Transit buses, is being diverted from the area around Frank Ogawa Plaza.
Protesters plastered signs and blocked customers from using ATMs at downtown banks. Many downtown businesses closed for the day.
By noon, the crowd had swelled to 3,500 for a lunchtime rally at 14th and Broadway. Police reported no damage and no arrests but were girding for the possibility of unrest later in the day.
Here’s more of the day’s developments:
- The Port of Oakland was severely delayed after many longshoremen walked off the job in support of the General Strike.
- More than 360 Oakland Unified School District teachers did not show up for work today, along with 5% of city workers.
- Banks were closed across the city, as Oakland officials recommended that the ones who were still open ‘only let customers in one at a time.’
- Large marches were held around several bank branches including Bank of America, Chase, Citibank and Wells Fargo.
- Many (if not most) businesses downtown were closed.
- There were a few reports of broken windows at the Lakeside Drive branch of Bank of America, and at a Chase branch. Others reported “anarchists” attempting to cause damage to a Whole Foods, but dozens of marchers surrounded them and forced them to stand down. The Whole Foods was targeted over rumours that their employees were not allowed to participate in today’s work stoppage.
We will have more as things continue into the evening.
Oakland, California: Citibank and other banks shut down by strikers, youth and families.
One day before a protest that could be Oakland’s largest in years, the city’s police union questioned the leadership of Mayor Jean Quan and said officers were confused about how they should handle demonstrators…
The Oakland Police Officers Association released a statement Tuesday noting that after officers cleared the Occupy Oakland camp early on Oct. 25, Quan allowed the protesters to start returning the next day. The raid was accomplished with the help of 16 outside agencies, and follow-up protests turned violent that night, resulting in serious injury to a military veteran who was demonstrating.
The camp is now larger than it was before the raid, with more than 300 people squatting before City Hall in more than 100 tents.
“As your police officers, we are confused,” the union said.
The city is allowing employees to participate in the strike that Occupy Oakland has called, the union said, while all officers have been ordered to work.
“That’s hundreds of city workers encouraged to take off work to participate in the protest against ‘the establishment,’ ” said the union, which represents 645 officers. “But aren’t the mayor and her administration part of the establishment they are paying city employees to protest? Is it the city’s intention to have city employees on both sides of a skirmish line?”
The union’s president, Sgt. Dom Arotzarena, said, “There is no clear mission here. The mayor is painting this picture that we’re the bad guy. We’re just doing our jobs, carrying out her orders, and we need some big leadership now.”