Occupy Oakland kicked off its “Move-In Day” with a rally Saturday afternoon at Frank Ogawa Plaza followed by a march through the city and several attempts to take over and move into a building. More than 9 hours later, clouds of tear gas once again hung over Oakland, more than 200 protesters had been arrested for unlawful assembly, and an American flag had been burned inside City Hall. (You can read Oakland North’s full coverage of the day here.)
Photo 1. Protesters gather at 14th and Broadway on January 28, 2012. Hailed as “Move-in Day,” Occupy Oakland protesters attempted to take over several buildings throughout the day.
Photo 2. Some protesters carried homemade shields and corrugated metal barricades in preparation for confrontations with police
Photo 3. Protesters rolled and carried salvaged supplies from the former Occupy Oakland encampment, hoping to move into a building and establish a more permanent collective.
Photo 4. At the start of the march spirits were high. The Occupy Oakland Orchestra provided entertainment and many danced while waiting for the sound truck to arrive.
Photo 5. The Occupy Oakland bus brought up the rear of the march until protesters veered off the streets and into Laney College.
Photo6. Protesters cut through Laney College on their way toward the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, which they would later unsuccessfully try to take over.
Photo 7. After cutting through Laney College on the way to the convention center, protesters found lines of Oakland police in riot gear blocking them along 10th Street.
Photo 8. Outside the convention center, protesters were met with more police surrounding the perimeter of the building, preventing them from entering.
Photo 9. Oakland police officers issued the first order to disperse at the convention center when protesters began tearing down fencing and throwing rocks and bottles.
Photo 10. As protesters attempted to head toward the back of the convention center, another line of police stopped their progress at 10th and Oak Streets in front of the Oakland Museum of California.
Photo 11. Protesters held their ground and launched objects toward the line of police officers. OPD officers discharged tear gas, flash grenades, and crowd-control projectiles into the oncoming march.
Photo 12. An advancing police line clashed with protesters and confiscated a cart of supplies in front of the Oakland Museum.
Photo 13. Injured protesters were taken out of the melee by Occupy Oakland medics.
Photo 14. Many protesters fought the stinging effects of the tear gas with solutions of vinegar.
Photo 15. After regrouping at Frank Ogawa Plaza, protesters resumed their march, stopping traffic up Telegraph in their search for another building to occupy.
Photo 16. Some protesters released water from fire hydrants on the heels of the last marchers in an attempt to prevent police pursuit.
Photo 17. As protesters gathered at the Henry J. Kaiser Park at 19th and Telegraph, police gave another order to disperse. Most of the marchers continued northbound on Telegraph, though some arrests were made at the park
Photo 18. Protesters faced off with police at the corner of 24th and Broadway after breaking into the YMCA building. Hundreds of marchers behind police lines were told they were under arrest
Photo 19. While OPD arrested approximately 200 Occupy Oakland protesters at the YMCA, the marchers left standing gave police a piece of their minds.
You can see Oakland North’s complete coverage of Occupy Oakland here.