gonna be a Long, Hot Summer?
An exasperated Mayor Jean Quan, who faced heavy criticism for the police action last fall, called on the Occupy movement to “stop using Oakland as its playground.”
The group assembled outside City Hall late Saturday morning and marched through the streets, disrupting traffic as they threatened to take over the vacant Henry Kaiser Convention Center… where some started tearing down perimeter fencing and “destroying construction equipment”…
Aside: The Henry Kaiser Convention Center, built in 1914, has been closed since 2005 and is a pawn in the Oakland Redevelopment Agency games. “…appraised last year at $29 million, but it has $5 million to $9 million worth of upgrades needed, including seismic work,” they’re not gonna let that cash cow go.
Police said they issued a dispersal order and used smoke and tear gas after some protesters pelted them with bottles, rocks, burning flares and other objects.
…afternoon estimates ranging from about 1,000 to 2,000 people.
Occupy protesters said earlier this week that they planned to move into a vacant building and turn it into a social center and political hub. They also threatened to try to shut down the port, occupy the airport and take over City Hall.
A pal told me he heard them last week call in to the Ronn [yes, two (2) n's] Owens [last man standing at KGO] show on the corpse of KGO radio. They proudly announced their plans to take over the vacant convention center for multiple purposes [a camp] and threatened that if they were not allowed to do so they would not only shut down the port, but the airport and City Hall.
No comment was offered by the AFL CIO, Longshoremen, nor TSA.
Occupy Oakland protesters broke into City Hall, stole an American flag from the City Council chamber and set it on fire Saturday night, …left three officers with minor injuries, as protesters threw bottles, metal pipes, rocks, spray cans and “improvised explosive devices,”
…injured officer received a cut to his face that required stitches after a protester hit him with a bicycle. [low-carbon-footprint crime]
…By 4 p.m., most of the Occupy crowd, which had grown to about 500, returned to Frank H. Ogawa Plaza. After regrouping, the marchers headed out again and congregated at the Oakland YMCA.
About 6:30 p.m., police ordered protesters to disperse and those who remained were arrested, with some hiding in the YMCA building. As police processed the 100 or so arrested protesters, the rest of the demonstrators headed to City Hall, where they broke into the lobby.
[Mayor Quan:] “This is not a situation where we had a 1,000 peaceful people and a few violent people. If you look at what’s happening today in terms of destructing property, throwing at and charging the police, it’s almost like they are begging for attention and hoping that the police will make an error.”
Late Saturday, paramedics wheeled a pregnant protester away from Frank H. Ogawa Plaza after witnesses said she was hit in the kidney by a police baton. She yelled: “Police did this to me!”
Is this a tactical mistake — or no. I mean even a riot-rookie like me realizes it may not be best to put a handle on the front of your shield… Unless ya want someone to grab it from ya?
This one… While he doesn’t seem to need a V mask, his headgear …