Archive for Saturday, January 28, 2012

Oakland police arrest over 100 protesters

January 28, 2012

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— Police were in the process of arresting about 100 Occupy protesters for failing to disperse Saturday night, hours after officers used tear gas on a rowdy group of demonstrators who threw rocks and flares at them and tore down fences.

Police Sgt. Christopher Bolton said the arrests came after protesters marched through downtown Oakland a little before 8 p.m. Saturday, with some of them entering a YMCA building.

Meanwhile, about 100 police officers surrounded City Hall while others were swept the inside of the building to see if any protesters broke in.

More help from other police agencies was also on the way, with busloads of Alameda County sheriff’s deputies arriving in the downtown area late Saturday.

The nighttime arrests came after 19 people were taken into custody in Occupy Oakland protests hours earlier.

Police used tear gas and “flash” grenades on the group Saturday afternoon after some demonstrators threw rocks and other objects at them. Police said three officers were hurt, but they released no details.

Police said the group assembled at a downtown plaza Saturday morning, with demonstrators threatening to take over the vacant Henry Kaiser Convention Center. The group then marched through the streets, disrupting traffic.

The crowd grew as the day wore on, with afternoon estimates ranging from about 1,000 to 2,000 people.

The protesters walked to the vacant convention center, where some started tearing down perimeter fencing and “destroying construction equipment” shortly before 3 p.m., police said.

Police said they issued a dispersal order and used smoke and tear gas after some protesters pelted them with bottles, rocks, burning flares and other objects.

Most of the arrests were made when protesters ignored orders to leave and assaulted officers, police said. By 4 p.m., the bulk of the crowd had left the convention center and headed back downtown.

The demonstration comes after Occupy protesters said earlier this week that they planned to move into a vacant building and turn it into a social center and political hub. They also threatened to try to shut down the port, occupy the airport and take over City Hall.

In a statement Friday, Oakland City Administrator Deanna Santana said the city would not be “bullied by threats of violence or illegal activity.”

Comments

cato_the_elder 3 years, 2 months ago

Bring it on, diaper babies. Show up in full force at the Democrat Convention in Charlotte. The people of North Carolina, even the many liberals in Chapel Hill, will not take kindly to your antics. You'll get to exhibit your juvenile rants on national TV and have fun getting arrested, and it'll be Chicago in '68 all over again.

Go for it. You're only young once.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 2 months ago

I've seen nothing more juvenile than the tragicomic reality shows AKA the Republican presidential debates.

cato_the_elder 3 years, 2 months ago

The comic part is when the same old liberal moderators try to sell their same old snake oil and themselves get bitten.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 2 months ago

You mean when they ask questions that the candidate doesn't have a rehearsed, scripted answer for, or otherwise attempts to hold them responsible for past actions and statements?

cato_the_elder 3 years, 2 months ago

No, but it would be refreshing for them to try some time doing that to Obama, which has never happened in over three years now.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 2 months ago

Care to list a set of questions that you'd like Obama to answer? (a short one, if you prefer-- but the one about where he was born has already been fully answered.)

cato_the_elder 3 years, 2 months ago

Sure. What's the current real underemployment rate, Mr. President?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 2 months ago

BTW, I can guarantee you that there will be a good deal of protest the Dem's convention-- unlike the tea party, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fox News/the Republican Party/the Koch Bros., the OWS movement dances strictly to their own drummers.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 2 months ago

He's never made a statement endorsing any of these protests (although he should, but that might jeopardize contributions from Wall Street.) He's merely said that they have legitimate complaints and a constitutional right to peacefully gather and protest.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 2 months ago

Thanks, but I really didn't need you to prove my point-- I already knew that what I said was accurate.

But just in case it slipped your notice, Obama and Pelosi and Gore are all different people.

jhawkinsf 3 years, 2 months ago

While I'm all for the rights of people to peacefully gather and protest, and I think some of their complaints are legitimate, the arrests in Oakland suggest that that particular group of OWS has taken things to a new level of civil disobedience. The group in Oakland seems to be an anomaly in the level of arrests when compared to other groups associated with OWS.
Hopefully, those that support the goals of OWS (whatever they are) would use their influence (if they have any) to impress upon the Oakland group that the violence is counter-productive.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 2 months ago

The violence in Oakland is coming 99% from the police, not the protestors.

Now what was your point?

jhawkinsf 3 years, 2 months ago

What's your source for the statement that 99% of the violence is coming from the police?

And my point was that the OWS group, like every group, has within it elements that behave well and elements that do not behave well. The group in Oakland appears to have slipped into the latter category. To recognize that does not diminish the legitimacy of the other groups nor does it delegitimize the complaints of the group as a whole. What diminishes the legitimacy of the OWS movement would be when it's supporters see misbehaving elements and either remain silent or make excuses for them.

Lane Signal 3 years, 2 months ago

I think the President's statements are not an endorsement of the movement. They are much more an attempt to co-opt the message of the Occupy movement. The President sees the popularity of the movement. He wants to align himself with the movement without an explicit endorsement. The implicit message coming from the President, I think, is "My policies may not be exactly what you are looking for, but I'm a better choice for you that Republicans." So far, I seems, Occupy protesters have stayed on message and have not let their message be co-opted or diluted by politicians.

gudpoynt 3 years, 2 months ago

Stepping boldly ever onward into the dark, uncharted caverns of idiocy, you carry a torch for the brainless my friend. Make stupid proud!

gudpoynt 3 years, 1 month ago

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 2 months ago

AP is now saying over 400 arrested. The mayor of Oakland is still being an apologist for these violent criminals.

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