'Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization.' -- Eugene V. Debs

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Tear Gas, Flash Grenades, Rubber Bullets and Mass Arrests Used Against Occupy Oakland 

UPDATE (11:05 PM PST): There is a report of approximately 300 arrests today in Oakland.


I was out all day, and don't know how things got to this point. At the time of this post, 7:30 PM PST, the Oakland Police Department is in the process of arresting about 100 people that have been kettled in front of the YMCA building in the downtown area near Oscar Grant Plaza. Apparently, there were confrontations earlier in the day that resulted in the police using tear gas, rubber bullets and flash grenades on protesters. All I know is that Occupy Oakland had previously announced plans to take over an abandoned building today and use it for housing and the provision of services, a building that turned out to be the Kaiser Civic Auditorium near Lake Merritt. For updates and links to livestreams and ustreams, use the hashtag #Occupy Oakland.

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