UPDATE 9:55 a.m.
About 300 protesters were arrested yesterday during the Move-in Day Activity. There is still a festival and action planned today at Frank Ogawa (Oscar Grant) Plaza.
Police said many of those arrested are not actually from oakland, which poses a potential problem for the movement. It brings to question if those actually throwing objects and instigating confrontation were Occupy Protesters dedicated to the movement or infiltrators and outside antagonizers.
Police say they gave 3 orders to disperse that were not obeyed yesterday during the marches and activities. Protesters continued to march and hold actions before they were surrounded and arrested.
The plan was to Occupy and abandoned building and use it as a social and political organizing center. After those actions were stifled protesters forced their way into both City Hall and the YMCA at 2350 Broadway.
Click the link for a video of the clash between protesters and police – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WEK6HgXBsQ
UPDATE 9:55 p.m.
The Oakland Police Department has announced that the FTP on 14th Avenue is an unlawful assembly and that chemical agents can be used to disperse protesters.
Westbound 14th St. towards Clay is designated the safe exit route.
The Occupy FTP march is being held at the intersection of 14th and Broadway. About 30 people are at the location from the available video footage. Most have already dispersed from the area.
UPDATE 9:38 p.m.
The Occupy Oakland movements has held actions at Oakland City Hall and the YMCA. They also have Fuck The Police or FTP marches throughout the city today.
AT THE YMCA
There are about 100 people sitting in zip-tie hand cuffs in front of the Oakland YMCA, waiting as the second bus of around 60 people is being loaded.
The mass arrests were brought about through repeated marches and actions aimed at taking residence in the Oakland Municipal Auditorium, also known as the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center.
Protesters were trying to set up a social and political organizing center at the vacant building. They have made demands for weeks now that they need adequate housing and a space to help serve the needs of their community directly.
AT CITY HALL
There are also arrests happening in front of the Oakland City Hall, another site of interaction between protesters and police today. Occupiers are also being fed at Frank Ogawa Plaza, the staging site for their repeated marches and actions today.
Occupy Oakland medics OccupyOaklandElle and OccupyMedic, identified by the twitter usernames, have been taken along with several other notable Oakland Occupiers. Many people have shouted their names for future help from the National Lawyers Guild.
The NLG has had legal observers on site all day and is offering legal support for those protesters who need it.
There are several police without name badges in riot gear are participating in armed actions against the protests. NLG observers are at the site noting the violation of California Policy. They must by law at least have a badge number as identification.
Oakland videographer Spencer Mills, widely known as OakFoSho on Twitter and Ustream, is on the site taking live footage of the arrests from a rooftop above the YMCA.
“Welcome to Oakland,” he said on his webcast. “OPD is a special case.”
OPD used tear gas, flash grenades and, according to Occupiers, rubber bullets to disperse the crowd. About 200 people have been arrested at the YMCA alone.
There were dozens or arrests earlier in the day as Anarchist factions had been throwing pipes and bottles at police. Some formed a black wall of trashcan shields at the head of the protest marches.
This weekend was billed as a Move-in Day and Rise Up Festival weekend on the OccupyOakland Website with events planned tomorrow at the taken building.
UPDATE 8:22 p.m.
The first bus of 64 people left from the Oakland YMCA, where Occupy Oakland protesters took up their Move-In Day action, at about 8:20 this evening
UPDATE 5:20 p.m.
Occupy Oakland Protesters are attempting to take another abandoned building in Downtown Oakland.
They are meeting at 14th and Broadway to start their second march of the day. If it is not successful they will be reoccupying the Frank Ogawa plaza tonight.
Occupy Oakland is making their stand. They are demanding a community space to organize for direct actions that will benefit their community. All they are met with is resistance and violence.
It is interesting that the media reports on the actions, and the 19 arrests today, but not the reasons why all these people are so angry with their government, their city and their police force.
Food for thought:
What would you do when your government no longer served your interests but instead allowed private companies to benefit from your hardships?
Now go do it. Occupy Oakland is.
…and 2,000 people later the police started lobbing tear gas and flash grenades.
Fox News is the top hit for reporting on this. Big surprise.
OAKLAND, Calif. – Oakland police have started making arrests as a protest involving an estimated 2,000 Occupy protesters has turned violent.
Oakland police Officer Jeff Thomason says about 10 people were arrested when some in the crowd started throwing objects at police.
Oakland officials said about 250 people were in the group when the protest started around noon Saturday. But KCBS-AM reports the crowd has since grown to about 2,000.
The group was being monitored by dozens of Oakland police officers, as well as officers from nearby police agencies. Police began firing tear gas and flash bang grenades as things began to get out of hand.
The protest 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.
A much more complete play by play can be found at: http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/occupy-oakland-march-new-headquarters-meets-resist/nHJ8W/
It surprises me still, or not so much really, that this protest gathered such varying amounts of protesters, but from the looks of the live streams, it could easily be more thant 2,000 people now. Check out the links below.
– Serious Note