Friday, October 28, 2011

Resisting the crackdown in Oakland

Alessandro Tinonga and Scott Sliauzis report from Oakland on the aftermath to a brutal police attack–and the determined stand by Occupy protesters.

Socialst Worker, October 27, 2011

Occupy participants hold a General Assembly in the reclaimed Oscar Grant Plaza (EKA Photography)
Occupy participants hold a General Assembly in the reclaimed Oscar Grant Plaza (EKA Photography)

AS MANY as 2,000 people reclaimed Oscar Grant Plaza in front of Oakland’s City Hall on Wednesday night, 24 hours after the city’s police and a dozen other law enforcement agencies unleashed a savage assault on the Occupy Oakland encampment in which one demonstrator was critically injured and more than 100 were arrested.

The October 25 attack on the Occupy movement–carried out by one of the most liberal Democrats holding office anywhere in the country, and in a city with a long history of radical political activism–outraged people in Oakland and far beyond. City officials are facing calls to resign, and the police had to retreat when Occupy activists returned on Wednesday night.

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