The Occupy Oakland protest took the most violent turn in weeks on Saturday January 28th. Coming just months after the Occupy Oakland camp was taken down by Oakland police and a few days after the movement announces its intent to use a vacant building as it’s base for the future plans to try to shut down the port, occupy the airport and take over City Hall
Protesters broke into one of the historic buildings, burn an American Flag,destroying parts of the building and tearing down fencing at a convention center.
While police maintained a late-night guard around City Hall following daylong protests that resulted in 300 arrests. Mayor Jean Quan called on the Occupy movement to “stop using Oakland as its playground.” Saying also “People in the community and people in the Occupy movement have to stop making excuses for this behavior,” Protesters clashed with police throughout the day, at times throwing rocks, bottles and other objects at officers. And police responded by deploying smoke, tear gas and bean bag rounds resulting in 300 arrests.
Deanna Santana was quoted as saying,
“This is not a situation where we had 1,000 peaceful people and a few violent people. If you look at what’s happening today in terms of destructing property, throwing at and charging the police, “it’s almost like they are begging for attention and hoping that the police will make an error”.
The group assembled outside City Hall late Saturday morning and marched through the streets, disrupting traffic as they threatened to take over the vacant Henry Kaiser Convention Center.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.
Dispersal order was issued and used smoke and tear gas after some protesters pelted them with bottles, rocks, burning flares and other objects.Demonstrators numbers swelled as the day wore on, with afternoon estimates ranging from about 1,000 to 2,000 people.
Dozens of officers surrounded City Hall, while others swept the inside of the building looking for protesters who had broken into the building, then ran out of the building with American flags before officers arrived.
The protest group issued an email criticizing police, saying “Occupy Oakland’s building occupation, an act of constitutionally protected civil disobedience was disrupted by a brutal police response today.”
What is an Arrestable Offense
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If Democrats really want to address the issue of “Toxic Politics,” a great place to start would be with what Progressives call the “arrestables.”
What are arrestables and how do they work? What they are is fairly self-explanatory: arrestables are protesters who are predetermined to be arrested.
Who they are is where it really gets interesting. They are a mix of professional protesters and anarchists, organized largely (but not exclusively) through a working relationship between community organizers like Lisa Fithian of RANT, Susie Benjamin and Jodie Evans of CodePink (major Obama fundraisers), and Bernadine Dohrn of the Weather Underground Terrorist Party (major Obama fundraiser).
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Adam Corolla explains The Occupy Wall Street Generation…
His simple straight forward, honest words say more than anyone setting at an anchor desk on the nightly news or our “I know more than you do
” Congressman and Senators have ever have.
Grab your seat…turn up your volume (so no one will hear you scream) and listen. You just might learn something.
National Museum of American History collects Occupy Wall Street memorabilia
By Roland Flamini – Special to the Washington Times Protesters jump on police barricades Thursday in New York’s Zuccotti Park, where the Occupy Wall Street movement began two months earlier. Demonstrators from coast to coast joined their call for …
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The Burlington Vermont Arrestable have an even bigger problem than protesting. They are dealing with the possible suicide of one of there own. Reported to be
a veteran, the 35 year old mans name has not been released.
With violence on the rise across the “Occupy America Movement”, and most recently in Oakland, Ca.,the protestors are gaining more recognition for the violent clashes with the police than their demands.