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Occupy Oakland: Police fire two more rounds of tear gas at crowd

Oakland Tear Gas
Police fired at least two more volleys of tear gas at supporters of Occupy Oakland on Tuesday night, the Oakland Tribune reported.

The gas was fired about 9:30 p.m. The violent clash between police and supporters of Occupy Oakland that began Tuesday evening appeared to have started after a man tried to start a fight with an officer, the Tribune said in a live blog from the incident.

Photos: Occupy Oakland protest

Police then declared an unlawful assembly and ordered the about 500 protesters to leave the area near 14th Street and Broadway by Frank Ogawa Plaza, the Tribune reported.

After the throngs refused warnings to disperse, police fired tear-gas and flash-bang projectiles toward the crowds.

The projectiles sent clouds of smoke billowing into the air in the area near City Hall, according to television footage from the scene.

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Photo: People flee after tear gas is fired near 14th Street and Broadway in Oakland. Credit: Darryl Bush/Associated Press

 
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