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Occupy Oakland: Second Iraq war veteran hurt, recovering

November 5, 2011 | 10:49 am

Photo: Demonstrators sit at an encampment of an Occupy Wall Street protest in front of City Hall in downtown Oakland on Friday. Source: Paul Sakuma / Associated PressA second Iraq war veteran who was hurt in Occupy Oakland protests is in stable condition, a hospital spokesperson said Saturday.

Kayvan Sabeghi, 32, was injured Thursday morning at the hands of Oakland Police, according to Dottie Guy, a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War.

A spokeswoman for the Oakland Police Department confirmed in a email that Sabeghi was arrested Thursday, and said the department is conducting an investigation into the circumstances leading to the arrest.    

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The Associated Press reports that Sabeghi was booked during protests on suspicion of resisting arrest.

Guy said Sabeghi spent time in a jail cell before being released to Highland Hospital for treatment. 

Guy added that she spoke with Sabeghi Friday morning, and the veteran told her he was suffering from internal bleeding and a lacerated spleen.

“He was in a lot of pain,” Guy said. “He sounded like someone who had been through quite an ordeal.”

Hospital spokesperson Vintage Foster said that Sabeghi’s family classified his recovery as “positive.”  

Another veteran, Scott Olsen, 24, was injured on Oct. 24 when police used tear gas and other projectiles on a mass gathering of demonstrators opposed to the razing of the Occupy encampment by the city earlier in the day. The veterans had come to act as peaceful mediators between police and the crowds. Witnesses and video showed Olsen was among many protesting peacefully. Those who sought to aid Olsen were also hit by flying projectiles.

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The early Thursday morning clash, in contrast, targeted a group that had taken over a vacant building, throwing rocks, bottles and firecrackers at officers, and lighted barricades they had built around the structure on fire.

It is not know whether Sabeghi was involved in the violence against police.

Oakland Interim Police Chief Howard Jordan said on Thursday that five protesters and three officers were injured during the early morning arrests of about 100 people. Jordan said one protester was injured badly enough to "lose consciousness."


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Photo: Demonstrators sit at an encampment of an Occupy Wall Street protest in front of City Hall in downtown Oakland on Friday. A second Iraq war veteran was hurt Thursday in clashes with police. Credit: Paul Sakuma / Associated Press