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Battle for Occupy Oakland Moves to Downtown Streets, 10/25/11: photos
As the Oakland police raid on Occupy Oakland in Oscar Grant Plaza progressed before dawn on October 25th, the tension moved from the center of the plaza to the edge of the occupation and then into the streets. Police immediately began to establish a perimeter around the plaza as arrested occupiers were removed. Unarrested supporters of the occupation faced off with the various police lines "defending" the plaza while others took to the streets in a show of anger over the raid. Trash cans were pulled into the streets surrounding the plaza as OPD motorcycle police followed and sometimes challenged protesters by charging towards them on sidewalks and in the streets. No arrests were witnessed during the march through downtown streets, although additional arrests followed back at the plaza later in the morning as the sun rose.
[Pictured above: protesters face off with police in alley between plaza and Broadway]
Battle for Occupy Oakland Begins with Police Raid, 10/25/11: video
Battle for Occupy Oakland Begins with Police Raid, 10/25/11: photos
Occupy Oakland Raid - Barricades and Police Arrival, 10/25/11: photos
Oakland Police Gleeful Over Demolition of Occupy Oakland, 10/25/11: photos
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Other lights at 14th & Broadway: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/10/25/18695005.php#18695024
Police were allowing anyone to pass out of the perimeter but no one was allowed to re-enter towards the plaza, even media. Later, though, as dawn approached, police were allowing those who appeared to be downtown office workers to pass through the outer perimeter lines.
Battle for Occupy Oakland Police Raid at Snow Park, 10/25/11: photos