Original published on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 by Oakland Tribune by Kristin J. Bender
OAKLAND — Before dawn Tuesday, at least 200 police, many in riot gear, tore down the Occupy Oakland encampment in front of City Hall and arrested dozens of people. A smaller camp near Lake Merritt was also dismantled.
Oakland police surround the Occupy encampment in the early morning preparing to go in and disband the tent community set up by citizens to protest what they see as a dysfunctional economy and political system caused by Wall Street greed and rampant inequality. Early reports from police say the raids went smoothly, with all protesters cleared out of the downtown Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in less than 30 minutes. Continue reading