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Occupy Oakland Move-In Day - Battle on Oak Street, 1/28/12: photos
by Dave Id
Monday Jan 30th, 2012 6:44 PM
After walking away from Plan A for Occupy Oakland's Move-In Day, reclaiming the abandoned Henry J Kaiser Convention Center for use as a community center, Occupy Oakland moved up 12th Street toward downtown. Turning left down Oak Street towards what might have been a Plan B building, marchers were met with a line of Oakland police at the intersection of Oak and 10th Street. Nevertheless, the march of over a thousand people slowly advanced toward the police line until police unleashed massive amounts of tear gas, flash-bang grenades, and projectiles at protesters in front of the Oakland Museum of California. Smoke and the sound of explosions quickly filled the air. Marchers then pulled back, but a short time later made two more creeping advances toward the police line, only to be met by the same violent response from police. No arrests were witnessed at the front line of the heavily asymmetrical confrontation, but several witnesses reported OPD making what seemed like random, or targeted, arrests at the back of the crowd toward 12th Street and Oak. With police closing in from both 10th and 12th Streets on Oak, marchers left the area by heading up 11th Street toward downtown. Once back at Oscar Grant plaza, the damage from the police attacks became apparent. Occupy Oakland medics tended to the physical wounds of those who had been hit by police projectiles. Marchers offered comfort to comrades for whom the police attacks seemed to have induced post-traumatic stress. The corrugated metal shields carried by marchers to protect themselves from police weapons showed deep indentations from the projectiles fired towards the crowd.
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[Pictured above: Move-In Day marchers leave the Henry J and head up 12th Street]



Occupy Oakland Move-In Day - Henry J Plan A, 1/28/12: photos
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/01/30/18706033.php



Move-In Day Assembly
http://occupyoaklandmoveinday.org

Occupy Oakland
http://www.occupyoakland.org


For more information:
§Police line on Oak at 10th Street
by Dave Id Monday Jan 30th, 2012 6:44 PM
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§Defensive shields in the lead towards police line
by Dave Id Monday Jan 30th, 2012 6:44 PM
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§Smoke begins to fill Oak Street
by Dave Id Monday Jan 30th, 2012 6:44 PM
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§Oakland police obscured by their own gas
by Dave Id Monday Jan 30th, 2012 6:44 PM
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§Marchers crouch defensively to avoid being hit by projectiles
by Dave Id Monday Jan 30th, 2012 6:44 PM
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§Front line of the march holds position...
by Dave Id Monday Jan 30th, 2012 6:44 PM
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view now from Oakland Museum side of Oak Street
§... with a thousand-strong march behind them
by Dave Id Monday Jan 30th, 2012 6:44 PM
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§Front line inches closer in a second advance
by Dave Id Monday Jan 30th, 2012 6:44 PM
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§Marchers wait while gas dissipates
by Dave Id Monday Jan 30th, 2012 6:44 PM
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§Gas cloud wafts back toward Oakland police
by Dave Id Monday Jan 30th, 2012 6:44 PM
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§Oak Street full of tear gas
by Dave Id Monday Jan 30th, 2012 6:44 PM
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§Marchers advance for the third time
by Dave Id Monday Jan 30th, 2012 7:22 PM
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§The march advances to its furthest point yet
by Dave Id Monday Jan 30th, 2012 7:22 PM
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§And here comes the gas and projectiles
by Dave Id Monday Jan 30th, 2012 7:22 PM
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§Bomb bursting in air at the Battle of Oak Street
by Dave Id Monday Jan 30th, 2012 7:22 PM
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§A few hold strong at the front line
by Dave Id Monday Jan 30th, 2012 7:22 PM
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§Police rush forward, claiming cart with furniture for move-in
by Dave Id Monday Jan 30th, 2012 7:22 PM
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§Shooting projectiles as they go
by Dave Id Monday Jan 30th, 2012 7:22 PM
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§Shoving with batons whomever flees too slowly
by Dave Id Monday Jan 30th, 2012 7:22 PM
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§Commune Move In battle-scarred shield
by Dave Id Monday Jan 30th, 2012 7:22 PM
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§Large indentation from police projectile
by Dave Id Monday Jan 30th, 2012 7:22 PM
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§These shields prevented at least a few serious dents in people
by Dave Id Monday Jan 30th, 2012 7:22 PM
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§Photos continued
by Dave Id Thursday Feb 2nd, 2012 12:00 AM

Occupy Oakland Move-In Day - 19th Street and YMCA Kettles, 1/28/12: photos
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/02/01/18706374.php


Comments  (Hide Comments)

by Daniel Borgström
Tuesday Jan 31st, 2012 2:57 PM
In the photo labelled The front line of the march, 10 yards from police. I'm wearing a blue shirt, I have gray hair. My left arm is over my face.

An officer aimed a shoulder weapon (presumably a pellet gun) at my face, and I immediately raised my arm to protect my eyes. The officer didn't fire at me, fortunately. Nevertheless, the first rule in handling a firearm is that you NEVER point it at anything you don't intend to shoot. For me it was the scariest moment the day, "Here's where I go blind," was the thought that flashed through my mind.

by miles
Tuesday Jan 31st, 2012 8:01 PM
You are one cool elder; hope I'm still rumbling with those bastards when I'm as gray as you.