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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sign in Smashed Oakland Bank Window: "We Are Better Than This"

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KATE CONGER
  • Kate Conger

The final two marches of the day went from the plaza to the Port of Oakland. Crowds were estimated to be as high as 7,000 as they streamed into the port, climbing on top of 18-wheelers and blocking the gates into the port to prevent longshoremen from entering for the night shift.

KATE CONGER
  • Kate Conger

These marches were largely peaceful, although some vandalism did occur within the port. By 8:00 PM, the crowd had thinned, but people were encouraged to stay until 9:00 to make sure the port remained closed.

We spoke with a cargo supervisor who was patrolling the grounds about his opinion of the protest.

"I think it's multi-faceted," he said. "I can understand the frustration with the banks. In 2008, I lost about half of my 401k in three or four days. I feel for people. To me it's evident that when I ask people what kind of degrees they got in college, a lot of degrees they got are not necessarily employable: communications, psychology, sociology, arts. I have a degree in business and economics. It's not something I wanted to study in college, but I knew it would get me a job. I was worried about paying off my college loans, so I picked something where I knew it would be easy to pay back. But I understand the frustrations."

He asked to be identified by his middle name only, Cameron. "I've never seen anything like this and I'm glad everyone's keeping it peaceful. I can understand the frustration with the banks. In 2008, I lost about half of my 401k in three or four days. I feel for people."

Protestors slowly trickled out of the port and made their way back to the plaza. Around midnight, the police arrived, using tear gas and rubber bullets. Several arrests were made after more windows were smashed.

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