As of 8:30 p.m. West Coast time, it’s getting ugly at #OccupyOakland. InsideBayArea.com has a live blog describing the events.
- 4:40 a.m. Police arrive. Several police cars have arrived. The protesters are running around, throwing things at the police. Riot police with batons full riot gear have assembled on the corner of 14th and Broadway. Police are lined up from 14th to 15th, at least 100 riot police.
- 4:50 a.m. Police surround camp. Police are now moving in from the street into the plaza, telling media to move.
- 5:15 a.m. Tent city destroyed. Hundreds of police in riot gear continue to move into the camp and arrest people.
- 5:30 a.m. Protesters cleared from plaza, tent city gone.
- During the day, protesters are booked and jailed. Labor council leader condemns encampment shutdown.
- 5:35 p.m. Hundreds of spirited protesters marching to jail and then to plaza. At least 500 people are carrying signs, flags and banners, and blocking downtown streets as they head to the Oakland jail and then back to Frank H. Ogawa Plaza.
- 6:10 p.m. Unlawful assembly declared. Police have declared an unlawful assembly and protests are heading toward Broadway. A few minutes ago, police pushed people away from the Oakland Police Department headquarters at 7th and Washington streets. Protesters tossed paint on riot police.
- 6:30 p.m. Protesters have five minutes to leave. A man tried to start a fight with a police officer, sparking police to call an unlawful assembly.
- 7:45 p.m. Police deploy tear gas. After repeated warnings, police have deployed tear gas and wooden dowells against the crowd of protesters. Check out the video (warning profanity).
These protestors have a right to peacefully assemble but they have no right to disobey laws and camp out, essentially creating a home on public property. There are rules and guidelines for public safety and sanitation after all.
Their method of “protesting” is not the way to change whatever it is they are complaining about…Wall Street? Rich people? War? Ignoring laws and inciting violence never ends well. Wonder what it’ll will look like tomorrow morning…