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Crackdown at Occupy Camps in Oakland, Portland

Posted by: Dan Beucke on November 14, 2011 at 4:00 PM


Police in Oakland, Calif., moved in overnight to clear out the Occupy Oakland camp, hours after police in Portland, Oregon, did the same in that city. At last report by Associated Press, 32 people were arrested in the Oakland action; police in Portland said 50 people were arrested there.

The Oakland crackdown is the latest tense chapter in a standoff between city officials and the Occupy movement. It came a day after police said that a man killed last week in a nearby shooting had been staying at the camp. In late October, police used teargas and force to arrest dozens. Later an estimated 3,000 Occupiers marched on the city’s port, smashing some bank windows along the way.

According to the Bay Citizen news organization, the camp clearing began early Monday morning as police gathered on the surrounding streets. It ended relatively peacefully:

At 5 a.m., officers surged forward, forming a line across 14th at Broadway to prevent protesters from re-entering the camp. They later added metal barricades. By 6 a.m., as the standoff continued with no end in sight, protesters began to sit down on the curb and sidewalk, seemingly bored. About fifteen minutes later, police began to arrest the few remaining at the camp, including protesters in the interfaith tent, surrounded by candles and praying, and later, three meditating protesters who agreed to converse with police only through notes. By 6:30 a.m., the police had begun taking down the tents. Reporters and photographers, including the Occupied Oakland Tribune, were allowed in.

(Interim Police Chief Howard) Jordan said the “plaza will be open for demonstrations, but not for lodging.”

(Photographer: Kimihiro Koshino/AFP/Getty Images)

Reader Comments

joe smith

November 14, 2011 7:24 PM

Goodbye filth.

joe smith

November 14, 2011 7:32 PM

If only mayor Bloomberg had any stones...


November 15, 2011 5:20 AM



November 15, 2011 10:35 AM

I am puzzled why this movement is still undirected and is against Wall Street. The whole picture has been created by Congress by siding with the lobbyist who buy congress with favors which make them rich. Congress who write laws that pertain to the detriment of the public and do not hold them accountable. Congress who write themselves their salaries and benefits. Nothing the Congress does is held accountable. The only account is by the ballot box. I continue to be amazed by the lack of knowledge or concern by the American voting public.

Congress should write no law that sets them apart from true Americans.

down to earth

November 15, 2011 11:22 AM

Only the people that are benefiting are the ones that can't hear the protest. The protesters are gaining attention that is why the must leave public parks. Tax payer parks. They are gaining attention their removal proves it. With force shows their innability to admit and change. Hiding behind the problem they have created. WHERE DOES IT STOP. How far does it go. This is the voice of change. LISTEN


November 15, 2011 11:52 AM

Get a life, part 1) get a part time job on the staffs of Obama, Hillary, or Biden, part 2) quit and start making money hand over fist with influence pedaling, part 3) start an energy firm and get a DOE loan, part 4) retire rich and get presidential pardons if you get in any trouble along the way, but don't forget to donate early and often.

Parker East

November 16, 2011 6:22 PM

Here is one of my contributions to the movement.... so far. Pass it along.

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john dahodi

November 17, 2011 4:22 PM

The best way out for the occupy wall street protesters is to organize the movement using following steps: (i)Should have central organization with at least 20 office bearers of good standing and clean honest career including President Carter, George Sorros, Buffet and so on; (ii) Divide the groups based on their grievances like homeless, mortgage foreclosures, unemployed, medical issues, graduates unemployed, unemployed... due to outsource, large bank greediness, stock market greediness, political corruption, lobbies terrors, capitalists greediness; millionaires greediness and so many others (iii) each specified group should be directed to join hands together and stage demonstration during the working hours at location of their head offices through out America on daily basis. The protesters can meet at the central place but divide in groups to demonstrate at different locations peacefully keeping good manner and following rules and regulation using non-violence means distributing and shouting meaningful slogans and hand over write-up to the media, press and who ever is visiting these buildings. Unless the movement is planed and projected in a organized way, nothing will happen. The 1% interested party is waiting for the early demise of the movement. They think it is almost at the last stage and burial is closer than they thought.

Kenn Space

November 17, 2011 6:06 PM

President Obama said; "Failure is not an option". I agree with him except he failed to complete that sentence, I say; Failure is not an option, failure is a given".

Capitalize On This Occupation

Too big to fail;

Is failing.

Too big to fail;

Is not success.

Too big to fail;

is a failure literalized.


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