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Add comment on:Occupy Oakland Move-In Day - Battle on Oak Street, 1/28/12: photos
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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