Following Arrests at an Occupy Oakland Candle Light Vigil, Protesters Shut Down City Hall

On Wednesday night, riot police raided an Occupy Oakland candle light vigil because protesters were violating the terms of their permit, CBS San Francisco said. The next afternoon, two dozen Occupy Oakland protesters gathered to shut down City Hall. 

CBS San Francisco reports:

Oakland City Hall was shut down Thursday afternoon, after two dozen Occupy Oakland protesters tried to storm the building.

Members of Occupy Oakland’s interfaith coalition called for protesters to take over the mayor’s and city administrator’s offices Thursday after police arrested 12 protesters in Frank Ogawa Plaza on Wednesday night.

According to CBS, protesters split up after meeting at 2p at Frank Ogawa Plaza, then "tried to enter through the side doors on opposite sides of the building." 


They banged on the doors on the 14th Street side, and demanded to be let in. A man came to the door and told the protesters that someone would come out and talk to them, but that they had to “calm down.”

CBS says they tried to push through the doors again, but they were locked. 

As Alison Kilkenny wrote for In These Times:

The timeline of events here is very important. Certain media outlets are using phrasing that Occupiers "stormed" city hall, but independent journalist Susie Cagle reports that it was only after the doors were locked that the protest turned angry.

Doors locked, then OPD opened & ppl told not allowed, then chants & anger," Cagle tweeted.

Finally, around 2:30 p.m., officers allowed four members of the Interfaith Council to enter the building and talk to city staffers.å

Cagle has been providing fact-checking information for the story, which she says has not been reported accurately. She also tweeted "IMHO, #Occupy won't win with propaganda. Information is readily available if you want it. So don't suppress facts -- create context."

Cagle also noticed an error in the Occupy Oakland Media reporting, quoted below. Days after the NYPD arrested members of the Global Revolution livestream team at their base in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Occupy Oakland Media said dozens of police in riot gear raided an Occupy Oakland vigil in Oscar Grant Plaza Wednesday night, arresting "8-12" members of the media team, but Cagle says that number is an exaggeration.

From Occupy Oakland Media

Around 11:30p.m. on Wednesday night, a contingent of about 60 police in riot gear appeared at the Occupy Oakland vigil in Oscar Grant Plaza and arrested about eight to twelve people, many of whom are members of the media team. The police abruptly left after “destroying everything” at the peaceful vigil, and no reason was given for the sudden raid and arrests. A small group of a dozen (which soon grew to forty) Occupiers immediately marched to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office to protest the random arrests and show support for those being held in custody. They were told by a group of police in front of the jail that if they came closer, they would also be arrested.

"Only one member of the media team was arrested while documenting -- the 'entire media team' arrested thing was really blown out of proportion," Cagle told AlterNet.

The arrest comes just days after the NYPD arrested members of Occupy Wall Street's Global Revolution Livestream at their base in Bushwick, Brooklyn.  The space had struggled with issues related to their landlord for some time, but the infractions over which they were vacated and subsequently arrested were also ongoing. As I reported on AlterNet, those arrested believe the raid was politically motivated. 


AlterNet / By Kristen Gwynne

Posted at January 6, 2012, 6:13am

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