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Occupy Oakland General Strike - Banks Smashed Up in Afternoon, 11/2/11: photos, 1 of 2
At 2pm on November 2nd, as part of the Occupy Oakland General Strike Day and Day of Action, a large Anti-Capitalist March departed from Telegraph Avenue and Broadway. Two large anti-capitalist banners were hung prior to the march along the march route. As the march wound through downtown Oakland, numerous banks, a church, a Whole Foods, and the office of the president of the University of California were targeted with vandalism and property destruction. No arrests were made, although at Whole Foods one man in a yellow helmet took it upon himself to tackle a masked woman to the ground. The crowd pulled him off of her and the march proceeded until eventually returning to the area of 14th & Broadway.
[Pictured above: marchers get in formation behind banners at 17th and Broadway. Banner reads, "If We Cannot Live, We Will Not Work! General Strike"]
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The anarchy shield and "just win" slogan are plays on the Oakland Raiders logo and Al Davis' motto for the team.
It had been announced earlier in the day from the loudspeaker truck at 14th & Broadway that Whole Foods management had threatened to fire any employees who took off work on November 2nd in support of the General Strike. The Occupy Oakland Strike Assembly had vowed to "picket and or occupy any business or school which disciplines employees or students in ANY way for participating in the November 2nd strike and day of action" (http://www.occupyoakland.org/2011/10/picket-and-occupy-warning-to-employers-etc/). The grocery store's management denied to the corporate media later in the day that such a threat had been issued.
"Peace police" man in yellow helmet and body padding roughly grabs, tackles, and restrains masked woman
This photograph was taken a second before the man pulled her all the way to the ground, wrapping his arms and legs around her. Contrary to what the corporate media reported, this woman was not the person who painted "Strike" across Whole Foods windows. Why the man in the yellow helmet chose to single out and throw to the ground a petite woman, when there were plenty of masked men painting graffiti or breaking windows throughout the march, is unknown. It could be presumed that he was trying to stop property destruction by assaulting the woman, but it is also unclear what he intended to do with her beyond tackling her to the ground.
After the crowd pulls him off of woman, yellow helmet man is scolded for physically assaulting a woman
Well my name is Dick Doolittle and I'm a reporter from Grime magazine and we'd like you to comment on the tragic riots
Occupy Oakland General Strike - Banks Smashed Up in Afternoon, 11/2/11: photos, 2 of 2