Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Occupy Oakland General Strike Draws Crowds, Oakland Police Fault Mayor for Supporting Strike


The Occupy Oakland General Strike today drew crowds of hundreds to march on banks and vent anger and frustration at the finance sector:

"Occupy demonstrators turned their ire on big banks and corporations Wednesday by marching, blocking traffic and chanting -- and in some cases, defacing ATMs and pounding on doors at Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Chase and Citibank branches around downtown.

And at Whole Foods at 27th and Bay streets, a splinter group threw paintballs, tore up a fence and broke a window before the larger crowd turned on them and forced them to stop.

With those exceptions, it was a loud, boisterous and largely peaceful demonstration as thousands of people from all walks of life poured into downtown Oakland from points east, north, south and west. They were there to lend their support and their voices to the general strike, the first of its kind in Oakland since 1946."

For much of the afternoon the large crowd split off in to form separate marches, with some staying at the Occupy Oakland camp at 14th and Broadway, and others marching and protesting at various banks located near the Kaiser Center at 20th and Webster streets.

Hat tip: Memeorandum.

Meanwhile, Oakland police criticized the city's mayor for supporting the Oakland strike-- which the police cannot legally participate in by California law-- and giving all non-police city officials the day off, asking: "Is it the City’s intention to have City employees on both sides of a skirmish line?"


Wes Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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