John on October 25, 2011 at 8:54 am
As expected, police raided the camp last night. First, here’s a video report from KGO-TV in San Francisco:
Here’s cell phone video of police making the announcement to leave prior to the raid:
Finally, Mercury News live-blogged the action:
5:15 a.m. Tent city destroyed
Hundreds of police in riot gear continue to move into the camp and arrest people. Already dozens have been arrested and the camp destroyed. Most of the arrests seem relatively peaceful. Some have moved out on their own. There is massive amounts of destruction at the camp.
Police tore down tents and wooden stalls that had housed medical aid and food. Garbage cans are overturned. Some police have shotguns and all have clubs out. There is a small protest of about 50 people taking shape just off Broadway near 14th Street. People are banging drums and chanting “We are the 99 percent.”
Media and TV crews everywhere. An officials with a bullhorn is issuing directive to campers. Police have now classified the area as a crime scene, but nothing violent has occurred. Looks like a hurricane has come through the camp. Entire raid was over in about 20 minutes. On the north end of the plaza, police have formed a line and are pushing about two dozen protesters into the street. Chaotic as the protesters yell at police. One protesters said “Police are the biggest gang in America.”
Occupy Oakland was estimated to be the 6th largest Occupy protest in the United States.
Update: Both the reports I cited said the arrests were peaceful. So how is the Kremilin’s network reporting this? Brutal arrests at Occupy Oakland. This is backed up by the lovely folks at Think Progress who have been dutifully repeated anything the protesters said about the raid, including the claim that police used a “sound cannon” on them. The “sound cannon” is actually a powerful PA device which many urban police forces use to communicate to large crowds. That’s how it was used in Oakland, i.e. as a PA, not as a weapon. You can see that in the video at TP. However they don’t seem to have actually bothered to watch it. They’re just the “people’s mic.”
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