Getting ugly in Oakland…

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…

DCG

6 responses to “Getting ugly in Oakland…

  1. Debbie,

    It’s coming to a head here in Atlanta, as well.

    I think the undoubtedly cash-strapped local governments involved (and which ones aren’t in this economy?) are getting tired of the mounting costs associated with the commie protesters.

    And I have to think that a lot of businesses that that have been negatively affected by the protesters are beginning to lawyer up and are planning to go after said governments in an effort to recoup their losses.

    If I were one of the business owners that was losing my financial behind because of this, I know I would be looking for redress.

    -Dave

    • Liberal Seattle has had enough too. Commies now want to camp out at Seattle Comm College, which has said no. Getting cold here at night. Hopefully they’ll just go home to their moms’ basements…

  2. Wow… these people are losin’ it big time… seriously. Like you said, DCG, I cannot see them getting whatever they want, acting like a bunch of crazed idiots.
    Ironic they want the wars over with… while they are ‘trying to start one’… Yeah, like that makes any sense.

  3. Wheeeeee! Such fun!!! Destroy for destruction’s sake! Chaos for the sheer fun of it!

    Remember this?

    chaos for the fun of it

  4. and none of the blame or cause of the current fiscal fiasco is attributed to the great pretender and chief give me more money obama. they blame wall street, republicans and the tea party but the real perpetrator of this mess obama goes by without a mention… they should be protesting at the white house and camp on the front lawn…..

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