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Another American flag burned at an Occupy Oakland rally

February 5, 2012 | 12:21 pm

 

Photo: An Occupy Oakland protester watches a flag burn as about 75 demonstrators march through Oakland on Saturday. Protesters remained peaceful during the more than five mile march. Credit: Noah Berger / Associated Press

Another American flag was burned at an Occupy Oakland rally late Saturday, capping off a smaller, more peaceful march compared to last weekend’s burst of violence.

 

Local news media reported that there were only dozens of protesters who marched Saturday night, and there were no reports of violent clashes with police.

Saturday’s Occupy march, however, was the second to feature a burning U.S. flag in a week. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Zachary Running Wolf, 48, a veteran demonstrator in Oakland and Berkeley, ignited the flag and dropped it on Broadway.

Running Wolf is known for leading a 21-month tree sit-in to protect oak trees at UC Berkeley that were later razed to make way for a student athlete training facility. He also occupied a tree during Occupy Oakland protests. Running Wolf came in fourth in the 2008 Berkeley mayor's race, securing less than 1% of the vote.

The Chronicle reported that Gary Easley, 33, of Oakland picked up the burned flag, telling the newspaper: “I felt bad.” 

The Associated Press said protesters threw a bottle of urine at a KTVU-TV Channel 2 truck and a wooden board at a KPIX-TV Channel 5 truck.

Last weekend, more than 400 people were arrested after a violent Occupy Oakland demonstration in which marchers broke into City Hall, smashed display cases, cut electrical wires and burned an American flag. 

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Photo: An Occupy Oakland protester watches a flag burn as about 75 demonstrators march through Oakland on Saturday. Protesters remained peaceful during the more-than-five-mile march. Credit: Noah Berger / Associated Press

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