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Raw footage: flash grenades and tear gas in downtown Oakland Wednesday night

on November 3, 2011

This video was taken a little after midnight at the Frank Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland. The police fired tear gas canisters and flash grenades into a crowd to separate it from the main group. A confrontation ensued but police never raided the camp. As the tear gas filled the air, it became increasingly difficult to keep shooting. The protesters continued their civil disobedience past 3 am and police arrested an undetermined number of protesters. Overall, the protest remained peaceful but a small group of young people vandalized property and vehicles.

Raw footage captured by Octavio Raygoza.

You can see Oakland North’s complete coverage of Occupy Oakland here. 



  1. […] peaceful demonstrators, and reporters having tear gas and concussion grenades launched at them. More video of incoming tear gas and concussion grenades, and demonstrators chanting and holding line…   Eventually, more tear gas or concussion grenades were thrown, unclear which, as several […]

  2. x on November 4, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Those look more like M80s than flashbangs.

  3. […] The November 2 strike began peacefully, as thousands took the streets to march, including related marches in support of Oakland schools. But by afternoon small groups of protesters had begun to act more aggressively, vandalizing banks and downtown buildings. By nightfall, the protesters had peacefully shut down the Port of Oakland, and many returned to the downtown area to celebrate. After midnight, confrontation erupted police and a smaller group of protesters that remained late into the night, resulting in more arrests and more use of tear gas. (Photo gallery here, raw video here.) […]

  4. […] Oakland protesters attempt to seize a building,” Oakland North, January 28, 2012. “Raw footage: flash grenades and tear gas in downtown Oakland Wednesday night,” Oakland North, November 3, 2011. “After midnight, confrontation erupts between police […]

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