Monday, November 14, 2011

Live Blog: Police Raid Occupy Oakland

By Robert Gammon
Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 6:13 AM

Oakland police, along with officers from numerous other Bay Area agencies, began to clear tents at Occupy Oakland this morning, although many occupiers had already packed up and left or had gathered at the intersection of 14th and Broadway near City Hall. Several protesters told news reporters that they planned to come back and reoccupy City Hall plaza. Others had moved to satellite encampments around the city, including Snow Park near Lake Merritt at Harrison and 20th streets.

6:30 a.m.: Police arrested a group of protesters and clergy at the Occupy Interfaith camp at City Hall. Some people also were arrested at 14th and Broadway. Police are flattening most of the tents in the plaza.

6:35 a.m.: Our reporters on the scene say it appears that most of the occupiers left City Hall plaza before the raid.

6:40 a.m.: Chronicle reporter Matthai Kuruvila just tweeted that Mayor Quan's personal legal advisor Dan Siegel resigned because of this morning's raid. The two have been friends since the Sixties.

6:45 a.m.: There are still about 100 protesters amassed at Broadway and 14th Street.

6:50 a.m.: Occupy Oakland's City Hall encampment has been cleared.

7:00 a.m.: Raid went peacefully. Occupiers did not use "Black Bloc" tactics, and instead decided to leave the encampment before police moved in. But protesters are vowing to come back at some point.

7:30 a.m.: Occupy Oakland plans to hold General Assembly today at 4 p.m. at Oakland's Main Library.

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