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Occupy Oakland: Vigil planned for former Marine hurt in protest [Updated]

October 26, 2011 |  3:30 pm

Occupy Oakland organizers are planning to hold a peaceful vigil Wednesday afternoon for Scott Olsen, 24, a former Marine who was injured during protests Tuesday night.

Olsen served two tours of duty in Iraq and was hit in the head Tuesday by what may have been a tear gas canister, according to Dottie Guy, Bay Area chapter president of Iraq Veterans Against the War. (Warning: The above YouTube video, which shows Olsen, contains profanity at the end.)

Guy said her group saw a Twitter photo of a bleeding Olsen and tracked him down at Oakland's Highland Hospital, where he is in serious but stable condition. [Updated at 4:05 p.m.: Hospital spokesman Curt Olsen (no relation) said his condition was upgraded Wednesday afternoon from critical to "critical but stable."]

 PHOTOS: Occupy Oakland protest

The group issued a news release saying that he sustained a skull fracture "after being shot in the head with a police projectile."

Keith Shannon, who deployed with Olsen to Iraq said in a statement: "Scott was marching with the 99% because he felt corporations and banks had too much control over our government, and that they weren't being held accountable for their role in the economic downturn, which caused so many people to lose their jobs and their homes."

Interim Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan said Tuesday night that the tear gas and other measures were necessary because some in the crowd were throwing bottles, paint, eggs and other objects at officers.

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-- Lee Romney in Oakland

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