‘Occupy Oakland’ Protesters Defy Eviction Notice

OAKLAND (CBS / AP) – Hundreds of anti-Wall Street protesters defied a city order late Friday to leave their campsite at a plaza outside Oakland’s City Hall.

The city had given the “Occupy Oakland” demonstrators an ultimatum to be out by 10 p.m. PDT Friday, but there were no signs of them leaving well after that hour.

Earlier in the day, city spokeswoman Karen Boyd said that the city gave official notice that the Occupy Oakland protesters do not have permission to remain overnight and that their encampment is breaking the law.

Boyd said she expects the protesters to comply and would not comment on what steps the city would take toward enforcing of the law.

There was no sign of police presence immediately after 10 p.m. Friday.

The encampment, inspired by New York’s “Occupy Wall Street” protests, began with a large rally in the plaza on Oct. 10 and has grown into a miniature city with a series of tarps, tents, shelves and tables, as well as a library, children’s area and makeshift garden.

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The notice to vacate, issued by the Oakland city administrator’s office, said, “While demonstrators have a right to peaceful expression, the city has a responsibility to ensure a public health and safety plan during such events,” and “after 10 days, the city can no longer uphold public health and safety.”

City officials said in recent days, camp conditions and occupant behavior have significantly deteriorated, citing fire hazards, increasing violence and threats, the denial of emergency personnel access to treat injured people and public urination and defecation, among other problems.

As a result, the city said that while peaceful daytime assembly will continue to be allowed between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., no tents or overnight camping will be permitted.

KCBS’ Tim Ryan Reports: But protester Brian Glasscock, 20, who was at the plaza overnight, said Friday morning that he saw no police coming to enforce the order.

“I didn’t see any,” Glasscock said. “People were definitely worried that the cops were going to come, but resolute that we weren’t going to leave.”

Glasscock said he and other protesters have no plans to abide by the 10 p.m. curfew moving forward.

“We’re taking the space and turning it into something else,” he said. “We’re here to camp for the long haul.”

The new development with the “Occupy Oakland” movement comes as eight of their counterparts in San Jose were arrested for camping outside City Hall.

Police said the decision to remove the “Occupy San Jose” protesters was made by City Manager Debra Figone because of an increasing concern about health and safety issues associated with the encampment.

San Francisco has also enforced a ban on camping in Justin Herman Plaza, where its version of the “Occupy” protests is taking place. A confrontation with police over tents there last Sunday night led to the arrest of five protesters.

The goal of the various protests, which have sprouted up in dozens of cities around the U.S. and world, is to create an ongoing presence in the seats of government and economic power, according to demonstrators.

Protesters cite the economic disparity between the richest 1 percent and the other 99 percent and are calling for increased regulation of banks and Wall Street investment firms, among other demands.

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  • E.Pluribus Unum

    Nothing unusual here,just the same old unwashed hardcore drug infused hardcore derelicts from Berkeley. It’s high time Oakland spent some money on water cannons to clean them up.

    • Pat Johnson


  • clancy908

    Who owns city space? government?taxpayers? the occupants that call it home?
    Who owns the bill of rights? all the american people that are citizens of the United States
    Can city or state laws trump federal or constitutional laws? no
    “Congress shall make No law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press; or of the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the GOVERNMENT for a redress of GRIEVANCES’
    has the city of Oakland addressed the grievances? remember, from homeless to the better off, these are your people and they are protected under this constitution, so take good care with them and they will take good care of the public space

  • Pat Johnson

    These people don’t represent anyone in society. Only themselves. They are truely a bunch of pansies who have no self discipline to do anything for themselves other than whine, complain and beg. Thank god they didn’t live 60 + years ago because they wouldn’t have made it or they would have been shot for being the cowards that they are. Just look at them. Whine about capitalism yet they enjoy all the benefits that it provides them. No one owes them anything. If they can’t support themselves, then they should just leave the country.

  • Nickolas Robinson

    Either your part of the super rich 1%, or your un American. I am none of your worthless stereotypes, just a guy who finally got a bad job after 2 years of unemployment. I can tell you this, your blind eye to the reality either lends itself to ignorance, sheer lack of intelligence, or arrogance.
    Let me remind you, friends, that all it takes is one unfortunate incident to send you and your family from on-the-top, to bottom of the freeway overpass. Be it a bad doctor’s report, or unfortunate business.
    You would be singing a different tune.

  • Reality Check

    Frank Ogawa Plaza is a public space and as such it is supposed to be open to and accessible to all members of the public. These people are currently inhabiting this space thereby restricting my freedom and the freedom of anyone else to enter into or upon this space. They are creating health hazards and in general a nuisance. I fully support their right to engage in peaceful protest. They are more than welcome to return day after day until their grievances are handled. But to live there, NO! Watch some of their video interviews. The idiot female they keep talking to says they have set up their own government and are “taking care of the things the duly appointed officials will not.” They have sentries posted with handi-talkies for communication. You go try walking into that encampment and see if you don’t get stopped to find out who you are which is an infringement of your rights.

  • BMAC

    When a big chunk of these protestors are coming from out of town, you have to look at who they are. Were Oakland my town, I would resent these out-of-towners occupying public space that is more or less for the citizens of Oakland! Many of these protestors DO have jobs, and yet they seem to have the time to grandstand, set up tents, and urinate and defecate in this public space.

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