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This morning at 5am over 500 police in riot gear from cities all over central California brutally attacked the Occupy Oakland encampment at 14th & Broadway. The police attacked the peaceful protest with flash grenades, tear gas, and rubber bullets after moving in with armored vehicles. Apparently the media was not allowed in to document this repression, and the police established barricades as far apart as 11th and 17th. Over 70 people were arrested and the camp gear was destroyed and/or stolen by the riot police.
That's the scary thing, the people who they are supposed to be protecting are seen as the "enemy".
Typical military tactic. Attack pre dawn and obliterate the enemy.
As far as I know, none. This article doesn't cite any specific laws, just a command really:
In any case. What laws were broken.
Oakland officials Thursday night ordered protesters inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement to vacate Frank Ogawa Plaza outside City Hall, where hundreds of people have lived since Oct. 10 in an elaborate tent city complete with a kitchen, a school and a medical tent.
A document titled "Notice to Vacate Frank Ogawa Plaza" was posted on the city's website at 8 p.m. by the office of City Administrator Deanna Santana. It said Oakland was committed to allowing free speech, but also had a responsibility to protect public safety.
Yeah nothing beats some tear gas, rubber bullets, and flash grenades to wake you up in the morning. I hope that eventually, cops around the country will start saying no when they're asked to tear down the campsites and arrest the protesters.
It might have been the best time to rush them. I personally know a few of the folks, who were in Oakland, and they probably just went to sleep.
Hmm, I didn't know that. From what I read, some local government officials just requested that they be removed. I didn't see any specific laws cited. Can you post something to back that up?
From what I understand, camping in that park is against the law. After asking and informing the people that they where breaking the law multiple times, they did something about it.
The police are not saying they can not demonstrate, what do these people camping here not understand about not camping in the park? Seems pretty straight forward to me...