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Occupy Oakland: Officials say protest largely peaceful, no arrests

Oakland’s interim Police Chief Howard Jordan estimated that the crowd of marchers during the Occupy Oakland general strike Wednesday reached 7,000 at the peak of the demonstration.

At a late-night news conference, Jordan said there have been no arrests and the day was largely peaceful.

However, at 7:45 p.m., a car struck and injured a pedestrian in the protest area of downtown Oakland, and the driver of the car later left the scene. Paramedics arrived and treated the victim, Jordan said.

“The BART police were the first responders,” Jordan said. “We got there later. I’m told there were 500 people who surrounded the car, which may have been why the driver fled the scene. Those are details we will get later.”

Mayor Jean Quan said the demonstrators marched “mostly peacefully” and promised that “we will act if we need to tonight to maintain safety. It looks like this was a good day for the demonstrators and the 99% movement. We will try to focus on moving ahead for everybody.”

Port of Oakland Executive Director Omar Benjamin added that maritime operations remain shut down and that they will not resume “until it is safe and secure to do so.”

“It is our hope that the work day can continue tomorrow,” he said, adding that continued missed shifts are an economic hardship for workers and their families and the region.


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