Frank Ogawa Plaza
At least 23 people were arrested during May Day protests in Oakland on Tuesday. Meanwhile, police in riot gear faced off with dozens of protesters who occupied a building in San Francisco.
Bay Area labor unions along with the Occupy movement are planning protests, picket lines and walkouts on May Day.
Two were arrested when several protesters attempted to interfere with a traffic stop during a mostly peaceful anti-police march in Oakland Saturday night, police said.
A day of action by Occupy Oakland activists on Monday resulted in tense encounters with police and counter-protesters but there weren’t any arrests or reports of violence.
Twelve people charged with crimes in connection with Occupy Oakland protests have been ordered to stay away from Frank Ogawa Plaza and the Oakland Convention Center.
Oakland City Hall reopened Monday after municipal employees worked to clean up damage they said was caused over the weekend by Occupy protesters, about 400 of whom were arrested following clashes with police.
Saturday’s break-in culminated a day of clashes between protesters and police. Interim Police Chief Howard Jordan said nearly 400 people were arrested on charges ranging from failure to disperse and vandalism.
Police arrested around 200 Occupy Oakland protesters during a day of action Saturday that began with the protesters’ attempt to take over a vacant building to establish a community center there.
In a statement Friday, Oakland City Administrator Deanna Santana said the city would not be “bullied by threats of violence or illegal activity.”
Occupy Oakland activists said they plan to take over a vacant building at an undisclosed location somewhere in the city on Saturday to establish a new home.