Some protesters remain at Occupy Oakland site after raid
Protesters who were present when police moved in said the arrests and clearing were conducted peacefully. There were no reports of police using tear gas or projectiles, and no injuries were reported.
About 20 protesters were arrested, according to early media reports.
The plaza was barricaded and downtown streets blocked off following the raid. A few scattered tents remained visible, but flattened.
Dozens of police officers from multiple departments remained on scene, while about 50 protesters remained gathered outside the barricade on 14th Street and Broadway.
Warwick said the sign was intended as a reminder to the police to refrain from violence.
"It's going to be interesting later today," she said, referring to a protest planned at 4 p.m. against the eviction of the protesters. "I certainly hope they aren't going to shoot any more tear gas."
Protesters said the police action will not dissuade them from setting up camp again.
"That goes without saying," said protester Lauren Smith, 29. "They're not going to be able to keep this area clear. They don't have the resources."
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Photo: Officers form a line during the eviction of Occupy Oakland protesters. Credit: Beck Diefenbach / Reuters