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Police raid Occupy Oakland encampment, arrest protesters

 

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Oakland police raided the Occupy Oakland encampments early Tuesday morning and reportedly arrested dozens of protesters.

Oakland police confirmed that an operation was in progress to clear out the encampments but said it was not clear yet how many protesters had been arrested.

A post on the Occupy Oakland Twitter feed said 70 had been arrested and reported that police had used tear gas, rubber bullets and flash bang grenades to clear the protesters.

PHOTOS: Occupy Oakland protesters cleared out by police

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that police in riot gear began arriving "in force" after 4:45 a.m. and formed a line in the street. Motorcycle officers shut down the road. By 6:40 a.m., the newspaper said that police had erected metal barricades around the plaza and protesters were vowing to return.

The city had sent protesters a notice to vacate the plaza next to City Hall on Oct. 20, citing a number of issues, including fire safety, sanitation and health hazards. Police raided that plaza as well as a second camp at a park nearby.

 

PHOTOS: Occupy Oakland protesters cleared out by police

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Photo: Police remove an Occupy Oakland camper from Snow Park near Lake Merritt in downtown Oakland, Calif. Credit: Noah Berger / San Francisco Chronicle

 
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