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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:

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

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West Coast Port Shut Down Today

Occupy Wall Street pictures: West Coast Port shut down is 12/12/11

Occupy Oakland calling for a coordinated Mass Port Blockade in solidarity with Longshoremen against EGT and with Port Workers and Occupy L.A. against Goldman Sachs.

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Online petition against PIPA and SOPA threatening internet freedom currently at 968,826 signatures. The Senate vote is soon. This petition will be read out name by name by Senator Wyden to filibuster these acts.

Occupy Wall Street: Online petition against PIPA and SOPA threatening internet freedom. This petition will be read out name by name by Senator Wyden to filibuster these acts.
Right now, Congress is debating a law that would give them the power to censor the world’s Internet — creating a blacklist that could target YouTube, WikiLeaks and even groups like Avaaz!

Under the new law, the US could force Internet providers to block any website on suspicion of violating copyright or trademark legislation, or even failing to sufficiently police their users’ activities. And, because so much of the Internet’s hosts and hardware are located in the US, their blacklist would clamp down on the free web for all of us.

The vote could happen at any time now, but we can help stop this — champions in Congress want to preserve free speech and tell us that a global outcry would strengthen their hand, and one of them — Senator Wyden — says he will “filibuster” or block any vote on the bill by reading out our petition names until the clock runs out! Let’s urgently raise our voices from every corner of the world to build an unprecedented global petition. Sign the petition and send to everyone.

Sign the petition! http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_the_internet

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“At least one busload of protesters (around 40 people) was forced spend 7 excruciating hours locked into tiny cages on a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. prison bus, denied food, water and access to bathroom facilities. Both men and women were forced urinate in their seats.”

Yasha Levine
Yasha Levine was forced to surrender his freedom, as well as his shoe laces…for his own protection.

I finally got home Thursday afternoon after spending two nights in jail, and have had a hard time getting my bearings. On top of severe dehydration and sleep deprivation, I’ve got one hell of pounding migraine. So I’ll have to keep this brief for now. But I wanted to write down a few things that I witnessed and heard while locked up by LA’s finest.

First off, don’t believe the PR bullshit. There was nothing peaceful or professional about the LAPD’s attack on Occupy LA–not unless you think that people peacefully protesting against the power of the financial oligarchy deserve to be treated the way I saw Russian cops treating the protesters in Moscow and St. Petersburg who were demonstrating against the oligarchy under Putin and Yeltsin, before we at The eXiled all got tossed out in 2008. Back then, everyone in the West protested and criticized the way the Russian cops brutally snuffed out dissent, myself included. Now I’m in America, at a demonstration, watching exactly the same brutal crackdown…

Read more: http://exiledonline.com/yasha-levine-released-from-jail-exposes

Pepper spray cop

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Hundreds remain jailed after Occupy LA raid

About 240 people remained in jail Thursday night after an LAPD operation to clear the Occupy L.A. encampment around City Hall in Downtown Los Angeles, police said. On Thursday, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office filed criminal charges against 19 people arrested. Their bail was set at between $5,000 and $20,000 depending on the charges, according to the City Attorney’s Office.

LAPD’s raid the Occupy L.A. encampment early Wednesday resulted in the arrest of 292 people, primarily for failing to disperse from the area around 1st and Broadway once police declared the gathering an “unlawful assembly.”

One of those arraigned, Tyson Header, 35, of Valencia, allegedly spit on an officer and resisted arrest, and was charged Thursday with three counts: battery on a peace officer, assault on a peace officer and resisting arrest. Another person was arrested during the Occupy Wall Street protest for interfering with police operations, said Officer Karen Rayner, a spokeswoman for the LAPD.

Read more: http://www.scpr.org/news/2011/12/01/30153/hundreds

John Pike - Casual pepper spraying cop

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Police clear Occupy camps in Los Angeles, Philadelphia

Police in Los Angeles and Philadelphia dismantled tents and arrested Occupy protesters who refused to leave city property early Wednesday.

Los Angeles police moved in at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday (3:30 a.m. ET). About an hour later, the City Hall lawn was cleared and closed for cleanup. About 200 people were arrested in the operation, utilizing some 1,400 officers, said Police Chief Charlie Beck.

Police described the operation as fairly peaceful, and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa early Wednesday praised officers’ professionalism.

The Los Angeles encampment, which has been in place for some 60 days, had become the largest remaining one after police raided New York’s Zuccotti Park on November 15 and dismantled the nearly two-month-old camp there.

In Philadelphia, 52 people were arrested — six as officers cleared Dilworth Plaza, near City Hall; 44 at another location; and two others elsewhere, one on suspicion of disorderly conduct and one on suspicion of assaulting an officer, said police spokeswoman Christine O’Brien.

The evictions at Dilworth Plaza came about 1 a.m. ET, according to CNN affiliate WPVI. The station said the 44 other arrests came after scuffles broke out when police ordered protesters to clear the street.

O’Brien said police remained at the scene Wednesday, and the plaza was being cleaned. WPVI reported several streets were closed until further notice.

Three people were injured, O’Brien said. Two police officers were treated and released, and a protester was taken to a hospital after she said a police horse had stepped on her toe.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/30/us/california-occupy

Pepper spray cop

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Happening Now: Occupy LA Being Raided By Police

Here is a live feed of the action:

2:08am: This guy is giving commentary and apparently the protesters are dispersed in small groups and not working together to regroup. It’s getting pretty hectic now. It’s seems like this is when the violence is going to start happening. What a shame. That’s what happens at 2 in the morning. No violence up until this point.

2:20am: It seems now like the protesters are marching around the area not blocked by the police. But police are still tagging along behind them. He is urging the protesters to keep moving or risk being surrounded by police.

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

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Occupy LA protesters defy eviction deadline

Occupy LA protesters remained defiant Monday morning in the face of police attempting to enforce a midnight eviction deadline, the Los Angeles Times reported.

After almost two months of occupation, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa had told demonstrators to clear out their encampment by 12:01 AM Monday.

Protesters and their supporters flooded into the site and surrounding area Sunday in readiness. Police estimated there were at least 2,000 people at the camp by Sunday evening for the Occupy Wall Street movement, Reuters said.

Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/

Lt. John Pike - Pepper spray cop

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UC Davis Police Chief Suspended

The chancellor of the University of California, Davis, said Monday that its police chief had been placed on administrative leave, three days after two campus police officers sprayed seated protesters with pepper spray during a demonstration aligned with Occupy Wall Street.

The university’s chancellor, Linda P.B. Katehi, indicated that she was trying to calm the campus community amid widespread outrage at the police tactics. Referring to the temporary removal of the police chief, Annette Spicuzza, Ms. Katehi said in a statement Monday, “It has become clear to me that this is a necessary step toward restoring trust on our campus.”

More here: http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/11/uc-davis

Casually pepper spraying cop

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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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California university to investigate police use of pepper spray

University of California Davis’ chancellor Saturday called police use of pepper spray on Occupy protesters “chilling” and established a task force to look into the incident.

The startling video broadcast by CNN Sacramento affiliate KOVR showed an officer, in a sweeping motion, spraying seated protesters point blank Friday before other officers moved in. Eleven people were treated on site for effects of the spray. Two of them were sent to the hospital, university officials said.

“Yesterday was not a day that would make anyone on our campus proud; indeed the events of the day need to guide us forward as we try to make our campus a better place of inquiry, debate, and even dissent,” Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi said in a statement.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/19/us/california-pepper-spray

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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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City braces for ‘tens of thousands’ of protesters set to march on Financial District

The occupation at Zuccotti Park may be over, but wary city officials are bracing for trouble tomorrow when a mob of that could number in the “tens of thousands” is expected to answer Occupy Wall Street’s call to shut down the Financial District.

“Everything that we have seen and heard suggests that we may have tens of thousands of people tomorrow protesting.

The protesters are calling for a massive event aimed at disrupting major parts of the city,” Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson told reporters this afternoon.

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/city_braces

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Crackdown on OWS camps coordinated by US city mayors

If you thought the recent crackdowns of Occupy encampments across the country was more than a coincidence, there is a good chance you were right. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan admits to talking to other cities before the massive coast-to-coast evictions .

In an interview this morning with the BBC, Mayor Quan reveals that she spoke with officials from other cities over the phone before a Monday morning raid that led to the eviction of hundreds of Occupy Oakland protesters and the arrests of many.

Read more: http://rt.com/usa/news/occupy-crackdown-oakland-mayor

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Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Admits Cities Coordinated Crackdown on Occupy Movement

Embattled Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, speaking in an interview with the BBC (excerpted on The Takeaway radio program–audio of Quan starts at the 5:30 mark), casually mentioned that she was on a conference call with leaders of 18 US cities shortly before a wave of raids broke up Occupy Wall Street encampments across the country. “I was recently on a conference call with 18 cities across the country who had the same situation. . . .”

Mayor Quan then rambles about how she “spoke with protestors in my city” who professed an interest in “separating from anarchists,” implying that her police action was helping this somehow.

Interestingly, Quan then essentially advocates that occupiers move to private spaces, and specifically cites Zuccotti Park as an example:

In New York City, it’s interesting that the Wall Street movement is actually on a private park, so they’re not, again, in the public domain, and they’re not infringing on the public’s right to use a public park.

Read more: http://capitoilette.com/2011/11/15/oakland-mayor-jean-quan

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