Oakland Police attack and arrest citizens trying to feed the homeless (1/28/2012)

Oakland Police attack and arrest citizens trying to feed the homeless (1/28/2012)

(Mass arrested at a YMCA in Oakland)

Yesterday Oakland police followed and harassed a protest march by Occupy Oakland, including pushing marchers with batons and knocking over a young woman on a bicycle and arresting her for damaging the pavement with her arms, eventually sparking a few protesters to respond by throwing bottles at officers telling them to disperse. Police responded with flashbang granades, rubber bullets, beanbag rounds and tear gas.

(Protesters just prior to being hit with flashbangs and tear gas)

Later in the day another march was met with police ordering marchers to disperse at a local YMCA while preventing them from leaving the area. Eventually police determined that they had waited long enough for the trapped protesters to build flying cars and announced that all the protesters were “…under arrest and should submit…”.

Some protesters at the YMCA responded by breaking into the YMCA and attempting to leave out the back. Eventually hundreds were arrested for conspiring to feed, house and provide medical care to the poor and homeless.

Some protesters that night broke into city hall and were arrested. Damage was apparently done, but given that Mayor Quan has described attempts to foster social justice as “using Oakland as its playground,” and Oakland City Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente described the efforts at serving fellow citizens as “an escalation that in my opinion, basically amounts to domestic terrorism where people start taking buildings and costing the city an incredible amount of resources,” the amount scale and scope of the damage is in question. I’ll post more on this when I have reliable video or photos.

A description of how the event was supposed to go down:

“We propose to occupy and hold a large building that will serve the purpose of becoming a social center, convergence center and headquarters of the Occupy Oakland movement on Saturday, January 28th, 2012.

The building will have sufficient office space for all of the Occupy Oakland committees and an auditorium large enough to hold Occupy Oakland general assemblies and adequate sleeping space. It will be a vacant building owned either by a bank, a large corporation of the 1% or already public.

The occupation of the building will take place in daylight and on a weekend to ensure more safety and aim for maximum participation. The building will be the destination of a mass march, promoted as a “Move-In Day March” starting at Oscar Grant Plaza at 1pm and finishing up in the new building.

Together we will enter the space, clean it, set it up and occupy it.”

Citizen journalists covered much of the event. Some video recorded and streamed live to the Internet during the event was:

From the Occupy Oakland Press Conference:

Video of police harassing protesters and knocking a girl off of a bike:

Video of the first march of the day:

Video of march later that night:

Video of arrests at YMCA:

Video of the mass arrested:

Video of police outside of city hall: