Oakland occupiers vow to fight back against police raid

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The Occupy Oakland encampment, which was established Oct. 10 in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement in Oakland's Frank Ogawa Plaza, was dismantled by police in an early morning raid on Oct. 25. The city of Oakland had issued eviction notices over the last several days, and sent a strongly worded notice the night of Oct. 24.

Police in full force descended upon the city park -- christened Oscar Grant Plaza by the activists -- at 4 a.m., clad in riot gear. They moved in swiftly, deployed teargas, and made mass arrests.

As of noon on Oct. 24, Frank Ogawa Plaza was still blocked off, with the remnants of the camp still scattered in the square. Oakland City Hall was closed to all but city employees.

Occupy Oakland protesters planned to respond to the raid with an emergency demonstration against police repression, scheduled to be held Oct. 25 at 4 p.m. at the Oakland library on 14th and Madison.

"Occupy Oakland is not finished, it has only begun," a media statement from the occupiers said. "Our numbers will be larger than ever." The statement also noted, "Occupy Oakland urges people to contact Oakland's mayor and tell her what you think of her actions."

Sue Piper, Special Assistant to Mayor Jean Quan, rejected the idea that the order had come from Quan alone. "It was a team effort," Piper said. "We have the mayor, the City Administrator, the police chief, and the fire chief. The decision was made by that team to do it early this morning."

Piper said the raid was carried out because "the people who were camping out were contributing to a health and safety issue."

Asked how the city would respond to concerns that this appeared to be a crackdown on freedom of speech, Piper said protesters had the to right to assemble in public parks between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.

"They cannot occupy our parks," she said.

For an in-depth account of what it was like inside the camp at Occupy Oakland, pick up tomorrow's issue of the Guardian.

Comments

Much of the city is a toilet. Why do they care about this?

Posted by matlock on Oct. 25, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

I don't even like passing through it on BART or I-80.

Posted by Anonymous on Oct. 25, 2011 @ 1:22 pm

Seems like a waste of under-budgeted police resources when real crimes are happening all over Oakland.

If the mayor put half the effort into acutally cleaning up this city as she did into this raid, Oakland wouldn't have the reputation as a dangerous ghetto in the rest of the U.S.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 25, 2011 @ 1:35 pm

fighting real criminals. The protestors knew they were breaking the law, knew they had been asked to leave, and they just didn't care.

Posted by Anonymous on Oct. 25, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

They have a constitutional right to their property for assembly and for free speech.

We are not going away.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 25, 2011 @ 3:14 pm

break the law on public property. You'll discover that truth soon enough.

Posted by Anonymous on Oct. 25, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

What shirt will I be wearing when I discover that truth?

What will Ed Lee and Enrique Pearce do for work after they get out of jail?

Enquiring minds want to know.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 25, 2011 @ 5:28 pm

You don't have a constitutional right to permanently squat on public land. You have no idea what the law is. Go have schizophrenia someplace else.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 26, 2011 @ 6:47 pm

How are they breaking the law? The First Amendment says you have the right to peacefully assemble and protest. Are you not familiar with the U.S. constitution?

Posted by Guest on Feb. 29, 2012 @ 9:29 pm

For using tear gas, and riot control against these peaceful protesters. Absolutely none.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 25, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

This is one more clear example of the fascist nature of the Government. The real criminals who should be removed are the parasitic banks and their lap dog politicians such as the mayor of Oakland....Long live the Occupy Movement....Occupy The Hood!!!

Posted by Guest bizmolotov on Oct. 25, 2011 @ 2:59 pm

You are all lazy and hipacrites if u own a smart phone or facebook ur the problem how's there money or profits better then banks. U all are idiots with stupid belives

Posted by Guestjayl on Oct. 26, 2011 @ 7:28 am

Just because you believe in a cause that calls for the balance of power does not mean you havee to live like a cave man and reject technology. If that were the case the only people able to protest would b those living in a box.

The city of Oakland should have learned a lesson from the NYPD and all the negative publicity they have recievedd in the past weeks aggresivly handling people in front of the world television audience.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 26, 2011 @ 9:19 am

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