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Protesters hit streets for May Day rallies; violence flares in Oakland, Seattle

Protesters across the world hit the streets Tuesday on May Day to rally against austerity measures and call for higher wages and more jobs.

Marches turned violent in Oakland, where protesters pounded on bank windows and went face-to-face with a police line, and in Seattle, where protesters dressed in black smashed windows and police pepper-sprayed some in the crowds.

In the United States, the protests are seen as the biggest test for the Occupy movement since many of its camps were shuttered late last year. Occupiers in more than 100 cities across the country were expected to protest on the day that traditionally celebrates workers’ rights.

Occupy Wall Street is just getting warmed up.

Read more: http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05

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Occupy Wall Street: Oakland police arresting about 100 protesters

OAKLAND, CA — Police were in the process of arresting about 100 Occupy Oakland 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.

What really happened:
Oakland police used tear gas and “flash” grenades Saturday to break up hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters after some agent provocateurs dressed as protesters started throwing rocks and flares at officers and tearing down fencing in order to facilitate the illusion of the necessity of forceful riot police response.

From Reddit:
For the internet, here’s a first-hand account of Occupy Oakland on 1/28/2012, because the news never tells the full story. I’ll tell you about the street battle, the 300+ arrests, the vandalism, the flag burning, all in the context of my experience today. This is deeper than the headlines. No major news source can do that for you, but Reddit can.

Read more: http://www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/p1m34

From ABC showing media bias:
http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news

Watch a live stream: http://www.ustream.tv/occupyoakland

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Oakland protesters rally in streets, vow to take over park

Throngs of anti-Wall Street protesters rallied in downtown Oakland, a West Coast Occupy hot spot, on Saturday and vowed to set up a new encampment to replace one forcibly dismantled by police earlier in the week.

A crowd of many hundreds of Occupy Oakland protesters chanting “We are the 99 percent” marched down the streets with drums beating and trumpets blaring.

The protesters said they were eyeing a park three blocks away from Frank Ogawa plaza, the site of their former encampment, and planned to take it over on Saturday night in a move that could set the stage for a showdown with police.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/20/us-protests

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Oakland Police Strike Army Ranger With Nightsticks On His Back, Ribs, Shoulders and Hands, Lacerating His Spleen and Causing Internal Bleeding

On November 2nd, Oakland police struck a peaceful Army Ranger who was supporting the Occupy protest with nightsticks on his back, ribs, shoulders and hands, lacerating his spleen and causing internal bleeding.

Witnesses say that the Ranger was totally peaceful and the attack was unprovoked.  The end of the attack was not filmed, as the police quickly formed a barricade between the cameraman and the Ranger, pointing several guns at the  filmmaker to get him to back off.

Read more: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/11/video-oakland-police

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Joe Rogan talks about the police brutality occurring at Occupy Wall Street

From the Joe Rogan Experience podcast #152 with Brian Redban and Joe Rogan.

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Port of Oakland CLOSED!

Thousands of Occupy Oakland protesters descended Wednesday night on the Port of Oakland, but police said so far they have made no arrests and that the demonstration had largely been peaceful.

Occupy Oakland closes port

Read more: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/11/occupy-oakland
Recent pictures: http://yfrog.com/nut62p

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Reward Offered for the Identity of the Police Officer Who Shot Marine Vet Scott Olsen

A generous friend is offering a $4,000 reward for the identify of the policeman who shot Scott Olsen.

The officer can likely be seen in publicly available videos (see this and this). But his badge and face are not visible.

The group Anonymous is already leaking names and information of officers in the Oakland P.D., but it is still difficult for outsiders to identify the shooter.

More info at washingtonsblog.com

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Occupy Wall Street has it’s power taken by police

Dozens of firefighters and police officers entered Zuccotti Park Friday morning to confiscate generators and gas canisters.

Fire trucks and police vans pulled up on the corner of Broadway and Liberty St. at about 8:30 a.m. and asked the encamped demonstrators to bring the items to them, saying they were a health and fire hazard.

“They made an announcement on a bullhorn saying: ‘We are here to take the generators, could you please bring them up to us on the corner of Broadway and Liberty St.,’” protester James Bennett said.

When no one from Occupy Wall Street surrendered the generators, more than 30 uniformed FDNY and NYPD officials entered the park to seize them, witnesses and officials said.

“We did send 30 or 40 firefighters through the park, the police department had its community affairs department there to make sure everyone was safe,” Mayor Bloomberg said on his weekly radio show Friday.

“Our first two concerns are the First Amendment and safety, and this was about safety.”

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Iraq veteran in fair condition after Occupy Oakland

Injured Iraqi Occupy Oakland protester Scott Olson
Scott Olsen, a 24-year-old former U.S. Marine who was struck in the head by a flash-bang grenade thrown by police during Tuesday’s Occupy Oakland protests, has been upgraded from critical to fair condition overnight.

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Police throw flash grenades at Occupy Oakland protesters

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