Occupy Oakland: Tuesday’s events captured on video
on October 26, 2011
Hundreds of Occupy Oakland protesters crowded the Oakland Public Library lawn on Tuesday afternoon to regroup after police stormed their encampment at City Hall that morning, arresting dozens. After updating the gathering crowd on the status of those who had been arrested, one speaker announced the group would march to City Hall and retake the plaza.
Police dressed in riot gear quickly responded to the march, blocking the group from entering major streets. Tensions quickly escalated when the crowd pushed through a police line onto Broadway. While most refrained from overt violence, some officers threw tear gas and attacked the crowd with batons, while some protesters clobbered police with paint-filled balloons. After being dispersed, the group reconvened at downtown’s Snow Park, and again marched on City Hall.
As the sun set, the intersection of 14th and Broadway became a battleground throughout the night. Protesters were barricaded and met with dozens of police reinforcements from nearby cities. Riot police scattered the crowd with exploding tear gas canisters. Each time, demonstrators regrouped and returned to the intersection, fewer in numbers but still determined.
After five rounds of tear gas, their numbers died down significantly. By 6 am Wednesday morning, just a dozen people remained outside the police barricades.
You can see Oakland North’s complete coverage of Occupy Oakland here.
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