On Sunday morning around 9 am, Mayor Jean Quan issued a statement thanking Occupy Oakland protesters who have left the camp at Frank Ogawa Plaza voluntarily. The text is reprinted in its entirety here:
Mayor’s Statement on encampment in Oakland, November 13, 2011
Over the last few days, we have made real progress in encouraging groups of protestors to voluntarily leave the encampment and on behalf of the City of Oakland, I want to thank those who have responded to my call to voluntarily leave. Thank you, too, to our community leaders who have also called for the encampment to come to a peaceful conclusion.
It is now clear to most Oaklanders that because of the increased violence associated with the camp and the strain on our city’s economy and resources, now is the time for the encampment to end.
Over the past few days, Oakland Police have distributed notices asking campers to vacate Frank Ogawa Plaza. City staff continue to connect the homeless and hungry with services. They will again provide information about transportation to area shelters open today.
We have repeatedly given campers the opportunity to leave on their own and we urgently renew that call today.
Since the beginning, the City has tried to negotiate with the encampment. While we have been able to talk with individual groups, we remain one of the few cities where occupiers refuse to allow direct communications with a group of representatives.
Camping is a tactic. It is one that has divided Oakland, a city of the 99%. It’s time to work together on the issues of unemployment, foreclosures, and education cuts.
While the camping must end, the movement continues.
Mayor of Oakland
You can see Oakland North’s complete coverage of Occupy Oakland here.