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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Occupy Oakland: Police Raid City Hall Vigil, 12 Arrested

Posted By on Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 7:46 AM

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Police moved in on Occupy Oakland protesters late last night, arresting a dozen as the demonstrated outside City Hall.

The protesters were hauled off to jail just two days after the city revoked the Movement's permit to have a tepee on Frank Ogawa Plaza as part of its ongoing 24-hour vigil to protest big banks. The tepee was supposed to be removed each night, but police say protesters were not complying, which provoked last night's raid.

At about 11:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Occupy Oakland wrote the following message on its website:

Twenty police cars full of riot gear clad cops.  Eight arrests reported. Stuff confiscated. Cops withdrawing.  Tree sitter still sitting.

By the end, at least 12 people were arrested on the plaza.

But the arrests didn't put and end to Occupy's night. Afterward, protesters moved the vigil to Sixth and Broadway streets in front of the jail, demanding their fellow occupiers be released. By 1 a.m. a "highly spirited" crowd of more than 50 moved to Sixth and Clay streets, just in front of the courthouse, according to Occupy Oakland.

Stay tuned.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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