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Monday, November 14, 2011

Occupy Oakland: Protesters Enter Frank Ogawa Plaza

Posted By on Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Police busted up Occupy Oakland this morning ... now what, you ask? - KATE CONGER
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  • Police busted up Occupy Oakland this morning ... now what, you ask?

Update (9 p.m): It's a rather chill scene in downtown Oakland as Occupy Oakland protesters discuss plans for another major strike on Nov. 19. But instead of setting up their camp again, the group decided tomorrow it will march down to Berkeley to help fellow occupiers there reestablish the encampment that was also raided.

Update (5:40 p.m.): Some 500 protesters are flooding Frank Ogawa Plaza where they are holding their General Assembly meeting. So far, there has been no police resistance to their presence there. A helicopter is flying above, with a spotlight shining on the crowd.

Update (5:20 p.m.): Protesters are preparing this time around; gas masks are being sold for $10 on the way to the plaza. Smiley tells us there are some people in Black Bloc garb marching with the group toward City Hall. Stay tuned.

Update (5:15 p.m.) Protesters have started marching through downtown, making their way to the plaza where police are reportedly gathering in preparation for chaos. Before the group started marching one speaker shouted these last words: "We're not trying to reform capitalism, we're gonna tear that shit down. We will march."

Original story (5:00 p.m.): More than 300 protesters are currently in front of the main library in downtown Oakland with plans to march to Frank Ogawa Plaza, the site of the former Occupy Oakland camp that was raided again by police this morning.

Helicopters are circling above the library, where protesters have been

taking turns speaking out against the early morning raid where dozens of

people were arrested and the camp was dismantled.

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Staff Writer Lauren Smiley is at the scene, and tells us that

protesters will make their way back to the plaza where they will hold a

General Assembly meeting to discuss plans to keep the anti-big bank

movement alive in Oakland.

The crowd continued to multiply, with protesters spilling from the steps of the library,  holding signs reading: "Recall Quan" and "Capitalism: How's It Working For You?" The mood remains calm and peaceful -- and there's very few cops around.

"I was there when a peaceful day of protest turned into a night of violence in the news," one speaker said. "Mainly because of a few people who wanted to break windows.

Stay tuned. We will keep you posted on the evening's events.

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