Defiant Occupy Oakland protesters vow to return to plaza
The Twitter handle, @OccupyOakland, called on protesters to return to downtown at 6 p.m., "for round three. and four. and five. and six. We will not be moved.”
Meanwhile, the plaza in front of Oakland City Hall where protesters had camped for two weeks will eventually be cleared and "made available for peaceful demonstrations," said Karen Boyd, an Oakland city spokeswoman. "We’ll continue our facilitation of peaceful expression -- that’s our practice and that's our history."
However, "we cannot tolerate violence," she added, and "we will not allow camping and we will not allow cooking."
On Tuesday night and into Wednesday, police clashed with hundreds of protesters whom they’d dislodged from an encampment outside City Hall. More than 100 people were arrested, police said, as officers used tear gas to disperse the crowd, which was returning to City Hall after a march to another encampment earlier that evening.
Interim Police Chief Howard Jordan said police were forced to use tear gas against protesters after officers were pelted by bottles, rocks and paint.
Jordan said the crowd reached about 1,000 people, though on Twitter, OccupyOakland said the crowd reached 1,500 people. Protesters said police used rubber bullets to disperse what was a peaceful event. Jordan denied the use of rubber bullets.
Two officers were injured in the clashes, Jordan said. He said he did not know how many demonstrators may have been hurt.
In a statement Tuesday night, city officials said the removal of the protesters was due to "health and public safety concerns," and that police action was commended by Council President Larry Reid and Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente.
-- Sam Quinones
Photo: Police use tear gas to disperse Occupy Oakland protesters. Credit: Darryl Bush / Associated Press