Occupiers from all over the state arrived in Oakland for Move-In Day yesterday. The plan was to take over a building for occupation, but the cops arrived en force and spent the day pushing and herding the crowd all over the city. (The objective was the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center). In the end, as many as 300 protesters were surrounded, many arrested as police encountered spotty violence in the form of tossed bottles and rocks.
The coverage was provided primarily by Oak Fo Sho and Freedom LA, but mainstream media people also tried to get close enough to report. Kristin Hanes was one of those detained briefly:
“Kristin Hanes of ABC News San Francisco station KGO was one of several reporters briefly arrested.
“'We were all walking down the same street and they kind of – they came at us from both sides, issued us a dispersal notice but there wasn’t really, you know, anywhere to go,' said Hanes.”
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – “About 300 people were arrested Saturday during a chaotic day of Occupy protests that saw demonstrators break into City Hall and burn an American flag, as police earlier fired tear gas and bean bags to disperse hundreds of people after some threw rocks and bottles and tore down fencing outside a nearby convention center.” (Raw video).
Oak Fo Sho was all over the area, streaming video along with OLA regulars Freedom LA and Liz Savage. OccupyFreedomLA is rebroadcasting at http://www.ustream.tv/occupyfreedomla. Spencer's coverage at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/20083969
Occupy Oakland (OakFoSho) video:
The final tally of arrests had not been released as of this writing. There were at least six OLA protesters arrested when coverage ended late last night. Apparently Freedom and Liz were not among them. See Liz Savage post here. The coverage of today's activity begins soon.
More at Occupy Oakland Media: Video
January 29, 2011 – Oakland, CA – “Yesterday, the Oakland Police deployed hundreds of officers in riot gear so as to prevent Occupy Oakland from putting a building, vacant for 6 years with no plans for use, from being occupied and “re-purposed” as a community center. The Occupy Oakland GA passed a proposal calling for the space to be turned into a social center, convergence center and headquarters of the Occupy Oakland movement.”
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More from Oakland:
Updates on the J29 activities throughout the day. Streaming video links provided by Liz Savage:
Solidarity March LA today: