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Cops Send Occupy Oakland Protesters Packing

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Posted on Nov 14, 2011
AP / Paul Sakuma

Police break up the Occupy Oakland encampment at Frank Ogawa Plaza early Monday.

Around 5 a.m. Monday, officers from several Bay Area law enforcement agencies descended upon the Occupy Oakland encampment and ousted protesters from the city’s Frank Ogawa Plaza, arresting 32 people who refused to leave and obliging movement members to regroup and consider their next steps. 

The mass eviction happened peacefully, at least as the Oakland Police Officers Association saw it. That union released a statement expressing its gratitude to demonstrators, other law enforcement agencies and city officials, with one glaring exception: Oakland Mayor Jean Quan. The mayor’s handling of the protest also caused her to lose an important ally in legal adviser Dan Siegel, who publicly resigned shortly after the raid Monday morning. 

Quan tried to placate critics by claiming to support the movement but not the encampment, insisting that they are not one and the same.  —KA

SF Gate:

A legion of law-enforcement officers converged in the predawn hours on the tent city outside City Hall at 14th Street and Broadway. As the sun rose, the camp was dismantled, with officers removing tents and leading protesters away in plastic handcuffs. Other demonstrators, meanwhile, sang and marched on the street as other officers kept watch from behind metal barricades.

At a news conference after the raid, Quan said the camp had to be removed because it “began to take a different path from the original movement. It was no longer about the abuses of the financial system, or foreclosures or the unemployed. The encampment became a place where we had repeated violence and, this week, a murder. We had to bring the camp to an end before more people were hurt.”

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By PatrickHenry, November 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm Link to this comment

They’ll be back, working to choke the paperwork machine of the police, refusing to post bail and pay fines. 

Pack the jails and request jury trials.

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By gerard, November 14, 2011 at 3:42 pm Link to this comment

What is either pathetic or stupid, depending on the way you look at life, Mayor Quan is quoted as saying she hopes Occupiers and Oakland will “work together on issues that unite us, and not divide us.”

There was plenty of time for Mayor Quan and her staff to take some initiative toward “working together” with Occupiers,but nothing appears to have been forthcoming from her offices except apprehension and anxiety, and soon enough, calling in the police.(Ironically, if her legal adviser had been in full charge, things might have been quite different.) 
  She, and the City of Oakland, might have offered some indoor spaces for meetings and for temporary housing with toilet and shower facilities. They might have floated a campaign to find “host families” who could offer temporary hospitality that would have decreased the need for public space. More imaginative solutions might have been solicited in which the entire community might have peacefully participated.
  But, as elsewhere, the city officials concerned saw no future opportunities in the OWS movement, wherever and however it appeared.  It has been universally allowed to remain isolated—and little to no public support has ensued, though private individual support is strong. 
  In short, governments appeared to play to the 1% as usual, lending support to factions where it is not needed and denying support to “the people” at large.  This is the crux of the problem which separates our society at present. The “public” (with all their unsightly and inconvenient problems) are crying out for attention—and not getting it.
Instead they are more often met with repression.
  This does not speak well for the future of democratic societies.  Oakland, as nearly everywhere else, met opportunity with rejection. And of course progress that might have been made, now awaits future developments.
  It is characteristic of bureaucracies, once empowered, to lose their ability to “shift gears” even in the face of great need and instead to insist on “business as usual” up to and includng the point of repression and ultimate disaster.

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By Joseph Couture, November 14, 2011 at 1:22 pm Link to this comment

The widespread crackdown of the Occupy movement is well underway.  The
authorities did not begin this action without careful consideration. Part of that
equation has been their measure of public support.

London, Ontario, was the first city in Canada to use force to evict the protesters
from public spaces after city council voted in secret to send in the police.  The
reaction of the public was shockingly in support of the decision to be “rid” of this
“problem.”  It soon became clear the worst enemy of the 99 percent here is
sometimes the 99 percent themselves.

Read about it at:  http://www.josephcouture.com  “Get Rosa!”

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