‘Occupy Oakland’ Protesters Return To Frank Ogawa Plaza

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — The fences came down at Oakland’s Frank Ogawa Plaza Wednesday evening during a general assembly meeting among “Occupy Oakland” protesters.

At least 500 protesters gathered at the plaza to reclaim the site of their encampment, which was raided by police early Tuesday morning.

The entire plaza was not barricaded Wednesday evening as it had been Tuesday night, but the grass area of the plaza was blocked by a chain-link fence.

Many of the protesters jeered when a small group tried to take the fences down earlier Wednesday evening.

“I see this as a trap,” said a speaker at the meeting, pointing to the fence surrounding the grass area of the plaza. “They’re hoping we walk right into this trap.”

At 7 p.m., around 50 to 100 protesters succeed in tearing down sections of the fence on the opposite side of the plaza from where the meeting is taking place.

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The group entered the grassy area, which city officials earlier on Wednesday said was in the process of being cleaned using chemicals.

On Tuesday night, police blocked the entire plaza including surrounding streets and kept the protesters from entering using tear gas, rubber bullets and smoke grenades.

Compared to Tuesday night’s demonstration, the police presence Wednesday evening is much less prevalent and the gathering has been peaceful.

On Wednesday evening, protesters sat in a circle in the amphitheater in front of City Hall to hold their general assembly meeting, as they did every night when the Oakland encampment occupied the plaza.

Protesters at the meeting announced that “Occupy Wall Street”—the protest that inspired “Occupy Oakland”—donated $20,000 to the Oakland demonstration.

Demonstrators at the general assembly meeting addressed the critical injury of Scott Olsen, a former Marine who served two tours in Iraq, which occurred during Tuesday night’s demonstration.

Iraq Veterans Against the War, a group Olsen worked with, said Olsen was injured when he was struck by a police projectile and suffered a fractured skill.

In the southeast corner of the plaza Wednesday night, candles surrounded a picture of Olsen after he had been injured.

“The police did nothing,” a speaker at the meeting said. “The police did not have an ambulance at hand.”

Abele Carpenter, a Friends of Olsen’s, said earlier on Wednesday that protesters transported him to the hospital.

Protesters at Wednesday’s general assembly meeting also addressed how to move forward given the recent events.

“The whole world is watching Oakland,” said the speaker who opened the discussion.

The group called for a citywide strike on Nov. 2, where workers and students would leave their positions to join a march in downtown Oakland.

The announcement drew cheers from the gathered crowd.

Protesters also announced that the first planning meeting for the strike would be held Thursday at 5 p.m., prior to the general assembly at 6 p.m.

Speakers Wednesday evening urged protesters to keep the commitment to nonviolence.

“The 99 percent should have a monopoly on peace,” one speaker said.

By 9:30 p.m., few police could be seen in the area and at least one tent was pitched in Frank Ogawa Plaza.

Following the demonstration, hundreds of “Occupy Oakland” protesters were on the move.

The crowd walked south on Broadway after a confrontation occurred with police at the 12th Street BART station where some protesters were reportedly unable to enter the station.

The large group left the Oakland demonstration to join the “Occupy SF” rally which may be facing eviction from police in San Francisco Wednesday night.

At least one protester was detained at the BART station.

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One Comment

  1. jen says:

    So now the Occupy Oakland protesters are using Public Works as their room service? Watching the news today, the protesters seemed to be standing around the park perimeter as Public Works cleaned up their filth. I suggest Mayor Quan call their mommies to come down and clean up after their kids, obviously they are used to the cleaning fairies cleanning up after them. Either that or living in flilth is the way they were raised.

    1. taxpayer says:

      How many reside and also pay property taxes in Oakland? We taxpayers get to foot this bill too? Isn’t America great? Oakland’s even better?

      1. another taxpayer says:

        Well – 50% of the arrested protesters live in Oakland. So at least 50% pay property taxes here.

      2. Another Another taxpayer says:

        @another taxpayer – So everybody that lives in Oakland should have to pay for this, especially when, as you say, only 50% of the protesters are even from Oakland? Why should the 99% of people who aren’t protesting have to foot the bill?

  2. James C. L says:

    SF FERRY BLDG. ALERT–Midnight Raid, SFPD


  3. Tours Martel says:

    The truly amusing part of the rats and riots brigade is that they voted for the people who created the problem that they are complaining against. In Chicago the basic rule of politics is “Pay to Play”. The investment bankers and public employee unions contributed big bucks to the Obama campaign. Naturally the TARP program paid the aforesaid groups billions in taxpayer funds. You voted for it, so don’t whine about the results.

  4. Jerry Frey says:

    Abraham Lincoln said this: “If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.”


  5. Junette says:

    I am so fedup with the protesters. They are filthy people. They are making a mess of that lovely park and the streets. The city should charge each one of the 10 thousand dollars for clean-up or at least $ 150.00 each per night so the taxpayers don’t have to foot the bill for there nonsense. Can’t they go home at night and come during the day and clean up after them selves. Are they out there wanting something for nothing. If they need jobs they are crying for people to pick the apples in Washington State. My mother and I did it so can they. Get a Job and stop wanting everyone to pay for your mess.

  6. BMAC says:

    How many of those people actually live in Oakland? The public spaces, currently being cleaned, are paid for by the taxpayers of Oakland, who probably want to reclaim that space, which is not intended for camping! While you folks were throwing rocks at cops, some of us were at least out hunting for jobs!

  7. Truth says:

    Why do 90% of these comments make sense and totally conflict with the protestors, while the news only reports the opinions of the 10% – those involved in the protests????

  8. Truth says:

    So the hero for the rioters is a guy who does two tours in Iraq, then falls like a girl when he gets hit by a rubber pellet??? Must have been a nurse in Iraq. Nice choice for your hero, low-life protesters!!

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