Protesters Speak about Injured Veteran, Call for Citywide Strike

By Scott Morris (BCN)
Wednesday October 26, 2011 - 05:53:00 PM

Demonstrators at the "Occupy Oakland" general assembly meeting at Frank Ogawa Plaza tonight addressed the critical injury of Scott Olsen, a former Marine who served two tours in Iraq, which occurred during Tuesday night's demonstration. 

Iraq Veterans Against the War, a group Olsen worked with, said Olsen was injured when he was struck by a police projectile and suffered a fractured skill. 

Tuesday night, police blocked the entire plaza including surrounding streets and kept the protesters from entering using tear gas, rubber bullets and smoke grenades. 

In the southeast corner of the plaza tonight, candles surrounded a picture of Olsen after he had been injured. 

"The police did nothing," a speaker at the meeting said. "The police did not have an ambulance at hand." 

Abele Carpenter, a Friends of Olsen's, said earlier today that protesters transported him to the hospital. 

Protesters at tonight's general assembly meeting also addressed how to move forward given the recent events. 

"The whole world is watching Oakland," said the speaker who opened the discussion. 

The group called for a citywide strike on Nov. 2, where workers and students would leave their positions to join a march in downtown Oakland. 

The announcement drew cheers from the gathered crowd. 

Protesters also announced that the first planning meeting for the strike would be held Thursday at 5 p.m., prior to the general assembly at 6 p.m.