Occupy Oakland encampment quiet despite eviction notices
The Occupy Oakland encampment appeared quiet Saturday night, despite speculation from many that police might move in to clear tents and protesters after issuing two eviction notices in two days warning campers that "your continued use of city property or parks for overnight lodging will subject you to arrest."
Oakland Police said Saturday evening that they had not made any move to clear the campers, who have been in the plaza in front of City Hall since Oct. 10.
The encampment drew international attention late last month when police razed it. Violence erupted, and police later lobbed tear gas into the crowd.
After an outcry, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan allowed the camp to rebuild. CIty officials have said lately that occupiers must leave, but that the camp will be dismantled peacefully. Many protesters, however, have vowed not to go, setting the stage for a showdown.
On person quipped Saturday night on Twitter: "Has somebody already started the 'when #occupyoakland gets raided' betting pool?"
-- Lee Romney in Oakland