Debris still lingers in downtown Oakland and the stench of tear gas remains
in the air after police fought off hundreds of protesters last night. Still, Occupy Oakland protesters are promising to hit the streets of downtown again tonight even after a violent and chaotic Tuesday evening when they stormed the Frank Ogawa Plaza, attempting to take back their encampment that police had raided 12 hours earlier.
After the Tuesday morning raid, protesters gathered in front of the downtown library at about 4 p.m., and marched past the jail, where other demonstrators were being held after police arrested 79 people that morning.
But the afternoon march quickly turned violent when protesters got to the site of their old encampment in front of City Hall, which police had barricaded off; demonstrators tossed paint, rocks, and bottles at cops clad in riot gear -- and police tossed tear gas as well as flashbang grenades right back, filling downtown with smoke and screams.