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Occupy Oakland: Protesters regroup downtown

October 25, 2011 | 10:54 pm

Woman amid Oakland tear gas
Supporters of Occupy Oakland regrouped late Tuesday night at the downtown site where their clash with police began several hours earlier, as officers fired tear gas again around 10:30 p.m., the Oakland Tribune reported.

Earlier, police fired repeated volleys of tear gas into crowds that were gathered near Frank Ogawa Plaza by City Hall, according to Bay Area media reports. Officers also shot flash-bang devices at the throngs, according to the reports. Oakland police said they did not use the devices, blaming the explosions on people hurling firecrackers at officers.

Photos: Occupy Oakland protests

A few blocks away from the protest epicenter, at 16h Street and Broadway, a California Highway Patrol car had its windows smashed by people in the crowd, the Tribune reported. Man injured in Oakland

A dramatic photo on Twitter showed a lone sailor, decked out in white cap and blue uniform, holding a copy of the U.S. Constitution and veterans' flag as he stood face to face with riot-clad police.

One person was injured after he was apparently struck in the head by a projectile. Photos and television footage showed him bleeding.

The violence started Tuesday evening after about 500 marchers converged downtown to take back the area after the Oakland Police Department arrested scores of protesters in the early morning.

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Photos: Top, protesters huddle together after tear gas was fired in downtown Oakland. Bottom: An injured man is cared for by friends. Credit: Darryl Bush /Associated Press.

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