Occupy Oakland will reconvene tonight at 6:00 pm Pacific time to conduct its next General Assembly, at the corner of Broadway and 14th. We urge the public to join us tonight and help us build consensus. We are the 99%, and you are too. Please participate in true democracy.
Occupy Oakland continues to be a movement of non-violent civil disobedience. We are peaceful protesters. Occupy Oakland, as a movement, uses nonviolent means to achieve its goals; the mayor's orders were to use primarily violent means, as demonstrated yesterday.
During the 5 a.m. raid on the encampment, there were very young children in the camp. The use of such brutal force and chemical weapons in the area in which children were living is inexcusable.
The hypocrisy of the Oakland city government has been made clear: Destroy the peaceful occupation for "health and safety" reasons, and then on the same day deploy chemical weapons against the peaceful demonstrators. Hungry people starving in the streets is the real health hazard.
Police used extreme and brutal force: rubber bullets both in the morning and at night, as well as bean-bag bullets and excessive amounts of tear gas. Police are part of the 99%; we urge them to join us. It is important to remember that the police observed using excessive force were not from Oakland Police Department, but were from other jurisdictions, including Pleasanton, Santa Rosa, Palo Alto and San Ramon. Proof of rubber bullets:
Protesters sustained several injuries at the hands of police, including Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen, who was sent to the emergency room after sustaining a head injury, seen here:
Occupy Oakland is not finished, it has only begun. Our numbers will be larger than ever.
About Occupy Oakland: Occupy Oakland is an emerging social movement without leaders or spokespeople. It is one of 1,570 occupations currently occurring around the world in solidarity with Occupy Wall St. For more information about the other occupations, see: http://www.occupytogether.org/