Police Raid Occupy Oakland

BOSTON–(ENEWSPF)–October 25, 2011.  Today at 5 am, some 500 officers in full riot gear—drawn from police forces across central California—raided Occupy Oakland, clearing their camps in Frank H. Ogawa Plaza and Snow Park and arresting over 70 protestors. Police used tear gas, flash grenades, and rubber bullets against the nonviolent protestors in a draconian show of force. Initial reports suggest that police also had a sound cannon on-scene. Members of the press were also assaulted by police, tear-gassed, and prevented from entering areas within sight of police activity. Pictures are available here, with video here and a first-hand account of a police assault on a member of the press here.

Occupy Boston is deeply concerned about the actions of the various police departments that participated in the raid, as well as Oakland mayor Jean Quan‘s decision to enforce minor city ordinances rather than respecting protestor’s First Amendment rights. We stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in California. Stand strong. We are all the 99%, and we are all with you.