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Occupy Oakland General Strike - Banks Smashed Up in Afternoon, 11/2/11: photos, 1 of 2
by Dave Id
Monday Nov 7th, 2011 2:22 AM
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"]

Anti-Capitalist March announcement

Occupy Oakland General Strike - Banks Shut Down in Morning, 11/2/11: photos

Occupy Oakland General Strike November 2nd! No Business As Usual November 2nd!

Indybay Breaking News Reports from Occupy Oakland on Wednesday, November 2nd

Strike Announcement

Occupy Oakland

For more information:
§This Is Class War - Just Win Baby, seen on
by Dave Id Monday Nov 7th, 2011 2:22 AM
The anarchy shield and "just win" slogan are plays on the Oakland Raiders logo and Al Davis' motto for the team.
§Occupy the Banks banner hung over Webster at 20th Street
by Dave Id Monday Nov 7th, 2011 2:22 AM
§Windows at Chase Bank branch on Webster and 20th shattered
by Dave Id Monday Nov 7th, 2011 2:22 AM
§Guarding Wells Fargo on Webster
by Dave Id Monday Nov 7th, 2011 2:22 AM
§City National Bank on Webster
by Dave Id Monday Nov 7th, 2011 2:22 AM
§Springleaf Financial Services on Webster
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§Marching up Grand Avenue
by Dave Id Monday Nov 7th, 2011 2:22 AM
§STRIKE written on Whole Foods at 27th Street and Harrison
by Dave Id Monday Nov 7th, 2011 2:22 AM
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" ( The grocery store's management denied to the corporate media later in the day that such a threat had been issued.
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.
§Yellow helmet man
by Dave Id Monday Nov 7th, 2011 2:22 AM
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
§March moves on, around Lake Merritt on Grand Avenue here
by Dave Id Monday Nov 7th, 2011 2:22 AM
§Photos continued
by Dave Id Monday Nov 7th, 2011 3:05 AM

Occupy Oakland General Strike - Banks Smashed Up in Afternoon, 11/2/11: photos, 2 of 2

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by YellowHelmetGuy
Monday Nov 7th, 2011 10:03 PM

I am the guy in the yellow helmet. I want to clear up a few misconceptions. I had no idea about the sex of the person that I tackled. And how could I? The black bloc anarchists were purposely concealing their identities. The reason why this person was tackled was because this individual was attempting to break the Whole Foods windows with her flag staff and therefor I was attempting to do a citizens arrest. Before that I had also tackled a man who had broken a bank window and had attempted to do the same thing.

Next time the anarchists should get a consensus vote before engaging in vandalism. We have a direct democracy system at the general assembly and the closest thing the anarchists could get passed was an embrace of different protesting tactics. Yet they decided to cause widespread vandalism.

Also the majority of the crowd did not just scold me, they joined me to fight back the anarchists and if you look at the videos on the net this is clearly what happened.
by riddle me this
Monday Nov 7th, 2011 11:23 PM
so, everyone else knew you tackled a woman but you? that's kind of hard to believe. when exactly did you realize that the small, curvy person you chose to tackle was female? before or after others physically had to pull you off of her? and when you finally "realize" that she was a woman, did it matter to you as a man who came into the streets with body armor ready to tackle people? be honest.

your cowardly tackling of a woman is a side issue, though

more importantly, riddle me this. since you are so interested in preventing windows from being broken, and I assume you would even call that "violence", how do you feel about people being beaten in jail ( and shot in the head in the street ( and and shot with projectiles for no reason ( and ?? that's a serious question to you. are you willing to throw yourself on cops who break the law by using physical violence on non-threatening unarmed people? are broken windows more important to you than broken heads? is it just female vandals that bring out the vigilante in you?
by YellowHelmetGuy
Tuesday Nov 8th, 2011 3:38 PM
> windows from being broken, and I assume you would even call that "violence"

Yes, it's a form of violence, by the definition of the dictionary and the history of the root word, violation. I know the Anarchists are trying to redefine the word but nobody else cares. The common understanding is that violent action includes destruction of property.

> How do you feel about people being beaten in jail...shot in the head.

It's terrible. It's outrageous. But most importantly that sort of injustice is why people are in the streets. Every perceived assault on the first amendment against peaceful assembly brings more waves of occupation across the country and the stronger we become. The police are so trigger happy that they will happily engage in my media publicity campaign to support OWS.

Look at Scot Olson, he just stood there and was shot in the face and sustained brain injury. People know what injustice looks like. And what was the result of this injustice? A 50,000 person march to shut down a Port which destroyed over a million dollars in capital! That made us look strong! Everyone supported it.

Breaking windows destroyed very little capital and made us look WEAK. Very few supported that action.

Look, I hate police violence and my role in this movement is to video capture their violence and expose them on youtube.

That is why I was wearing armor. That is why I was wearing a helmet. That's why I brought a gas mask. I brought these things to defend myself against the POLICE while they used unjustifiable violence against the protesters.

But then I saw the protest become not PEACEFUL, which means that we no longer had a constitutional right to be there. I simply left in utter disgust.

Make no mistake, the vandalism that occurred during the strike was an unequivocal media disaster for OWS and did an incredible amount of damage to the cause because it makes us loose the hearts and minds of the 99%. It fed right into the hands of the 1% and now these actions are being reverberated across the web-o-sphere. The black blocs in Berkeley should strongly consider that they have been infiltrated by law enforcement to goad towards these actions.