Press Release: Occupy Oakland Responds to Oakland Police Repression Tonight, Demands Accounting of Brutal Tactics, and End to Disinformation
Occupy Oakland's building occupation, an act of constitutionally protected civil disobedience was disrupted by a brutal police response today. Protesters were met with baton strikes, shot with rubber bullets, and exposed to tear gas. Police immediately issued denials that tear gas was used, however, as many victims can attest, it was used freely and without regard to safety.
Later, at least a hundred demonstrators were arrested, and many were also reported injured; we demand an accounting of their injuries
Police justify their actions by claiming that protesters attacked them; there are no report of injuries. We demand that police produce evidence of their claims, or cease making them.
Many protesters remain angered at police behavior and are massing at 14th bwy for a march in opposition of these brutal tactics at 8:45pm. Occupy isn't going to go away, we'll demand an accounting of city and police repression.