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Occupy Oakland Move-In Day - Henry J Plan A, 1/28/12: photos
by Dave Id
Occupy Oakland had intended January 28th to be Move-In Day, that is a vacant building of a nature suitable to serve as a new indoor home for the occupation was to be reclaimed for public use. A weekend Rise Up Festival was scheduled to follow the successful occupation of an abandoned building. Several potential locations were selected by the Move-In Day Assembly, although they were not publicly announced. Plan "A" apparently was the Henry J Kaiser Convention Center, but Oakland police tracking and paralleling the Move-In Day march in a dozen or more large white vans full of riot police formed a line around the building preventing occupiers from entering the auditorium grounds. After circling the Henry J by passing through the Laney College campus, marchers stopped between Lake Merritt and the convention center. A free-standing chain-link perimeter fence was pulled over by demonstrators but no one attempted to cross the ditch in between the police line and marchers. Within a minute or two, police declared an illegal assembly and fired several volleys of tear gas at the crowd. Marchers headed toward downtown after giving up hope for converting the unused auditorium into a thriving community space.

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