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Occupy Oakland General Strike - Occupation of Travelers Building, 11/2/11: photos, 2 of 2
by Dave Id
Friday Nov 11th, 2011 12:01 AM
After a long day of General Strike marches and bank closures throughout downtown, and the shutdown of the Port of Oakland by tens of thousands of demonstrators, the former Travelers Aid Society building on 16th Street, just north of Oscar Grant Plaza, was briefly occupied starting at about 10pm. Banners were hung from the roof on the front and side of the building while books were sorted for what was to be a public library in the "Raheim Brown Community Center" and hundreds of people danced and conversed in the street outside. Shortly before midnight, hundreds of Oakland police in riot gear arrived on 17th Street. In the next hour, the barricade on 16th and Telegraph was set on fire, police dispersed massive amounts of tear gas, and over one hundred people were arrested. These photos are a continuation of the series begun at http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/11/10/18698819.php.
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[Pictured above: First police line seen just before midnight at intersection of San Pablo and 17th Street]



Occupy Oakland General Strike - Occupation of Travelers Building, 11/2/11: photos, 1 of 2
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/11/10/18698819.php

Occupy Oakland General Strike - Shutdown of the Port of Oakland, 11/2/11: photos, 2 of 2
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/11/10/18698676.php

Occupy Oakland General Strike - Shutdown of the Port of Oakland, 11/2/11: photos, 1 of 2
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/11/10/18698661.php

Occupy Oakland General Strike - Afternoon Before Port Action, 11/2/11: photos
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/11/09/18698507.php

Occupy Oakland General Strike - Banks Smashed Up in Afternoon, 11/2/11: photos, 2 of 2
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/11/07/18698029.php

Occupy Oakland General Strike - Banks Smashed Up in Afternoon, 11/2/11: photos, 1 of 2
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/11/07/18698004.php

Occupy Oakland General Strike - Banks Shut Down in Morning, 11/2/11: photos
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/11/06/18697977.php

Occupy Oakland General Strike November 2nd! No Business As Usual November 2nd!
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/11/02/18696666.php

Indybay Breaking News Reports from Occupy Oakland on Wednesday, November 2nd
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/11/02/18696729.php

Strike Announcement
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/10/26/18695438.php



Occupy Oakland
http://www.occupyoakland.org/strike



For more information:
§Garbage cans in barricade on 16th and Telegraph set ablaze
by Dave Id Friday Nov 11th, 2011 12:01 AM
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§Hundreds of Oakland police in riot gear at 17th and Telegraph
by Dave Id Friday Nov 11th, 2011 12:01 AM
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§Barricade fire grows
by Dave Id Friday Nov 11th, 2011 12:01 AM
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§Looking at 16th and Telegraph from Broadway
by Dave Id Friday Nov 11th, 2011 12:01 AM
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In between is Latham Square, the site of the Occupy Oakland press conference announcing the General Strike on October 31st: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/10/31/18696378.php
§Another view of Latham Square
by Dave Id Friday Nov 11th, 2011 12:01 AM
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§Police fire massive amounts of tear gas from a block away
by Dave Id Friday Nov 11th, 2011 12:01 AM
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§Tear gas spreads for blocks throughout surrounding area
by Dave Id Friday Nov 11th, 2011 12:01 AM
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§Looking at the massive gas cloud from 14th and Broadway
by Dave Id Friday Nov 11th, 2011 12:01 AM
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§Police line surrounds area with arrestees
by Dave Id Friday Nov 11th, 2011 12:01 AM
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Police lines at the north end of plaza fired rubber bullets into the plaza, hitting at least two people with cameras in the leg. Police were also using flashlights to blind cameras.
§Paving stones apparently removed from plaza
by Dave Id Friday Nov 11th, 2011 12:01 AM
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Comments  (Hide Comments)

by Not
Friday Nov 11th, 2011 2:14 AM
God that shit was stupid and divisive. I hope the people involved learned something about their mistakes but I don't it.
by NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
Friday Nov 11th, 2011 3:46 AM
Hey,

Paving Stones Removed, Backpacking tents set up....This is terrorism on a scale not seen since the Boston Tea Party of the revolutionary war!


EVERYONE BE VERY AFRAID Democracy is breaking out and it threatens the system of Privilege set up by the National Power Brokers (Enron, Chevron, Merrill Lynch, Bunk of Amerika, BP and Exxon)!
by Aaron Aarons
( indy2011 [at] aarons.fastmail.net ) Friday Nov 11th, 2011 2:25 PM
I missed the action after the port shutdown, which was probably lucky for me since I had a previously-purchased plane ticket for the following morning.

From what I've read here and elsewhere, however, it seems to have been the kind of action that is necessary if the occupy movement is not to be co-opted by the Democrat Party or descend into irrelevance. A constructive critique of possible weaknesses in the action is welcome, but people who criticize it and fail to defend from the police and courts those who carried out the action should be repudiated.
This our time to shine. This is our time to take back power by any means necessary. This is our revolution. The government will try to deceive you. They will try everything with in their power to remove you and break your spirit. Like Sept. 11th they will use tragedies as an accuse or pretest to shut you down. You mush not negotiate. You must not make deals with the beast. Hold your ground Egyptian. It's a been a fun year and it ain't over yet.

FUCK AUTHORITY!

OAKLAND RISE UP!

POWER TO THE OAKLAND COMMUNE!
by Not
Saturday Nov 12th, 2011 12:23 AM
First Aaron not one person on indybay has even slightly suggested those arrested shouldn't be fully supported. You bringing in the topic is just bullshit. Second, there weren't possible weaknesses, the action was a total failure. There were numerous critiques on indybay from radicals, so you're welcome to read them. Third, according to you to doing stupid actions is a way to prevent co-option. You're thinking is genius.

To "anarchist". The radicals on here making critiques are neither "peace police" or "haters". Simply the tactics of this action sucked and it failed. So here's a challenge, explain to us how the action helped the movement?