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Photos from Oakland General Strike & Evening Actions
After tends of thousands marched and occupied the Port of Oakland throughout the day on November 2, some actions were still going on late into the night.
A festive atmosphere was in effect at the port. Even as many of the daytime marchers began to leave around sunset, new activists continued to arrive. Protesters maintained picket lines at all entrances to the port, reportedly halting work. Active pickets were required during each port shift change in order for unions to refuse to work under the terms of their contracts. Police for the most part left demonstrators alone, and there had been no major skirmishes at the port when most protesters left by 9-10 pm.
Around the same time, in downtown Oakland, some protesters reconverged at the Occupy Oakland encampment at Frank Ogawa/Oscar Grant Plaza at Broadway and 14th. A group of activists occupied a nearby building left vacant after a local non-profit lost funding and the building was foreclosed.
Before long, police issued an order to disperse, followed by tear gas and non-lethal projectiles. In contrast to the large, peaceful crowd attacked by police on October 25, the smaller group participating in and supporting the building occupation engaged in civil disobedience and was more prepared for the police response. No major injuries were reported.
After retaking the building, police retreated for the most part, while protesters took over the intersection of Broadway and 14th. However, police at one point charged people at the north end of the plaza, again shooting projectiles such as bean bag rounds, and arrested a number of people -- including several medics and legal observers -- on charges such as "failure to disperse." One man (who apparently was not taking part in the street protest) was shot in the leg, treated by protest medics, and transferred to city paramedics.
Police did not attempt to clear the Occupy Oakland encampment, which has been fully reconstructed following the early morning raid on October 25 that ultimately triggered the General Strike.
Protesters have a shift change, too.
Broadway and 14th
Medics treat man shot in leg by bean bag or similar police projectile.
Tribute to Scott Olsen, the Iraq Veterans Against the War member and former Marine was was seriously injured when shot in the head with a police projectile on Oct. 25; Olsen remains hospitalized.