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Occupy Oakland: Police and protesters in tense standoff

October 25, 2011 |  9:16 pm

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Several hundred supporters of Occupy Oakland were gathered in a tense standoff with police downtown Tuesday night after an earlier gathering was broken up with tear gas and flash-bang projectiles.

Police warned several hundred protesters that chemical agents could be used before firing the projectiles into the crowd of several hundred people at Frank Ogawa Plaza near City Hall, the Oakland Tribune reported. Police also fired wooden dowels at the crowd.

Television footage showed thick clouds of gas billowing into the air and bright flashes as projectiles exploded on the street. One man appeared to be struck in the head by a projectile and was bleeding as he was taken away by people around him, according to the footage.

The window of a police cruiser had been smashed, the Tribune reported. The violence sparked a flurry of Twitter messages after supporters had gathered for a march to take back an area that was cleared hours earlier by police who made dozens of arrests.

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— Robert J. Lopez

Photo: A woman is arrested by Oakland police earlier Tuesday. Credit: Kim White/Reuters

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