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Updated: Oakland Protestors Meeting Tonight

By Bay City News
Monday November 14, 2011 - 07:50:00 PM

Hundreds of "Occupy Oakland" protesters have gathered in Frank Ogawa Plaza this evening for a general assembly meeting after their encampment was dismantled by police this morning. 

City officials released a statement late this afternoon saying that the plaza was open to the public after crews completed debris removal at Frank Ogawa Plaza less than 12 hours after this morning's raid at around 4:30 a.m. 

Public works personnel removed more than 27 tons of debris and about eight tons of green waste, according to the city. 

As of 6 p.m., the protest has been "very peaceful," according to police spokesman Jeff Thomason. 

There are more officers at the plaza this evening then there were on Oct. 25 after the city's first raid on the encampment, Thomason said, however their presence is still moderate. 

City officials said this afternoon that there will be a strong police presence at Frank Ogawa Plaza 24 hours a day and that mutual aid is available to assist Oakland police this evening. 

City officials also said that they are monitoring activities at Snow Park, where about 25 tents were set up as of this afternoon. The Snow Park encampment will be cleared in the near future, authorities said.