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Occupy Oakland: Police fire tear gas in downtown clash

October 25, 2011 |  8:33 pm

Oakland police fired tear gas Tuesday night on several hundred protestors who had gathered downtown in support of the Occupy Oakland movement, according to Bay Area news reports.

Officers reportedly gave warnings to the crowd to disperse from Frank Ogawa Plaza, warning that "chemical agents" could be used, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The crowd had converged on the plaza near City Hall to take back the area after it had been cleared earlier by police.

The incident prompted a flurry of Twitter messages and photos that showed the area clouded with gas. One image appeared to show a woman on a wheelchair amid the melee.

About 400 people had gathered earlier for a march in support of the movement, which had been ongoing for two weeks until the Oakland Police Department made scores of arrests of activists who had been camped out in the area. 

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