OAKLAND (KCBS)— From a rally in support of the movement in Egypt’s Tahrir Square to a visit from activist and documentary filmmaker Michael Moore on Friday, Occupy Oakland is drawing attention from around the world.

Now Oaklanders are reacting to the international spotlight being cast on their city.

Since seeing footage of the tear gassing of protestors Rachel Antal has come to the Occupy site at Frank Ogawa Plaza twice.

“I think it was a real eye opener for people.”

Antal referred to the police tactics used on Tuesday.

Antal said the attention shows Occupy Oakland is being heard which gets people more excited about the movement.

“What happens when people keep pushing is there’s crack down. I think it’s important that people get to see what happens if we keep standing up. People aren’t about to back down right now and I think it’s important to understand the risks and understand what we really stand for and what we’re really up against,” she said.

But Dr. Terrance Candell, who was at the first day of the occupation, calls it troublesome that back then, when the message was positive about education and jobs, no one seemed to care.

“Then the moment there was violence and those kinds of things that are seen as being typical of Oakland, suddenly we got all kinds of media. We’ve got helicopters flying over here,” Candell stated.

Candell said Oakland should not be defined by the violence of Tuesday and while he supports the movement, he wants to make sure Oakland’s issues are remembered too.

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Comments (5)
  1. f says:

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close those bad cases.
    There is evidence that employees from DoD, CIA and DOJ accepted bribes from Al Quida.
    How is it that 12 of the 9/11 terrorists could live for 2 weeks just 2 miles from NSA head quarters in Maryland.This after several of them had taken flight simulator lessons on Jumbo jet trainers and several of them where on State department terror watch lists.
    There is evidence that employees from DoD, CIA and DOJ accepted bribes from Al Quida.
    If DoJ and DoD employees where more concerned with doing their jobs than enriching themselves by stealing from suspects and taking bribes, then there might have been more a chance that 9/11 had never happened.
    Worse might be the fact that elements within the U.S. Intellignece agencies with intent create their own terrorists by carefully choosing suspects and through many 10’s of years of psycological and physical abuse create their own terrorists. Why, to prop up defense spending.
    My dog was poisoned to death, a stolen car was run into the front of my house, gang members are harrassing me, I get death threats, BB guns are being shot at my car when I drive, my car is being tampered with, money and jewelry has been stolen out of my house, very long term sleep deprivation, etc….
    They have been harrassing me for 20 years.

  2. Me says:

    The whole world is watching? The world has better things to do than to watch a bunch of unwashed socialist whiners with useless college degrees trash city property.

    Look on YouTube how clean the National Mall was left after the Tea Party protest. Contrast that with the filth of the flea party encampments.

  3. Etienne says:

    All I hear when I listen to these Occupiers is how they are entitled to other people’s money.

    I guess their real issue is that they would rather have 99% of the people stealing money from the 1% than the other way around.

    As a taxpayer, I will not pay for your mortgage, I will not pay for your college loans, and I am not responsible to support you if you can’t get a job in two years. Lots of great agricultural work in Alabama… go get hired.

    This 99% BS is just that. It’s really the bottom %30 stealing from the other 70%.

  4. Michael Moore is the 1% says:

    How much of Michael Moore’s millions is he donating?

    I haven’t seen a figure yet.

    I don’t think it is forthcoming.

  5. hiero says:

    Not so much whining or stealing. Inform yourself please ! The world is bigger than your yard.
    There are people dying right now, because economy is seen as more important than love, help and sharing. It’s not about hippies ,it’s about children that have to sell there body to rich white man to feed there families. For their mothers don’t make enough to eat in his workshop. Be ignorant, if your live is good, because you was born in a light color, or on the nice site of the planet. But be fair about it, and don’t blame people how don’t like to be that selfish.

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