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Occupy Oakland Marches on Banks, 10/22/11: photos, 1 of 2
While other marches by autonomous groups within Occupy Oakland have been called, occupiers and supporters collectively held their first official action outside of Oscar Grant Plaza on October 22nd. The march was agreed upon by the Occupy Oakland General Assembly on October 19th. On a very warm and sunny day, hundreds listened to speakers and rallied in the plaza amphitheater before noon, then over one thousand people joined in the march from the plaza to the satellite occupation at Snow Park and around Lake Merritt, shutting down two bank branches on Lakeshore Avenue before returning to the plaza feeling tired and hot but also jubilant about the first Occupy Oakland action. The second arrest warning issued by the city of Oakland shortly before the march did not deter occupiers from carrying out the march as planned.
[Pictured above: Speaker addresses those assembled in the Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater before the march.]
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She discusses the importance and history of October 22nd as a day to resist police brutality. She lists a number of people killed by Bay Area police departments in the last year. She spoke about DeBray Carpenter, also known as Fly Benzo, who was recently arrested while videotaping police and still sits in jail today -- supporters are asking for courtroom solidarity on the morning of October 24th. http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/10/22/18694536.php
Some demonstrators who remained behind to pick up some of the bank slips ended up locked inside when police rushed in after the main crowd left. With loud chants of "let them go, let them go" from the street, those inside were allowed to leave.
Occupy Oakland Marches on Banks, 10/22/11: photos, 2 of 2