Occupy Oakland: Outrage grows after flag burned, City Hall vandalized
Officials in Oakland expressed outrage that protesters vandalized City Hall during an Occupy Oakland demonstration on Saturday.
"We're tired of one faction using Oakland as their playground," Mayor Jean Quan said.
Arrests from the protest are expected to top 400. Some protesters broke into City Hall. They smashed display cases, cut electrical wires and burned an American flag.
In a morning tour of the damaged City Hall, Quan pointed out that a room with a smashed door and toppled soda machine is used for classes for low-income, first-time homeowners. Several flags that had adorned the grand staircase were missing.
City Council agendas and trash littered the floor in the building's grand lobby. Although some graffiti had already been removed, evidence of the previous night's mayhem was visible in broken display cases.
Near the door, a more than century-old architectural model of the regal structure was toppled in its case. Oakland's City Hall was built after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and restored after the 1989 Loma Prieta temblor.
"It's really a symbol of how resilient Oakland is," Quan said of the building. "And we'll survive this too."
--Lee Romney in Oakland
Photo: Police officers stand near graffiti while guarding City Hall in Oakland, Calif., after Saturday's Occupy Oakland protest. Credit: Noah Berger / Associated Press