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Some protesters remain at Occupy Oakland site after raid

November 14, 2011 |  8:26 am

Occupy Oakland Nov 14 2011
A small band of protesters continued to face off with police in Oakland on Monday morning after authorities cleared the Occupy Oakland camp from a downtown plaza.

Protesters who were present when police moved in said the arrests and clearing were conducted peacefully. There were no reports of police using tear gas or projectiles, and no injuries were reported.

About 20 protesters were arrested, according to early media reports.

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The plaza was barricaded and downtown streets blocked off following the raid. A few scattered tents remained visible, but flattened.

Dozens of police officers from multiple departments remained on scene, while about 50 protesters remained gathered outside the barricade on 14th Street and Broadway.

Joanne Warwick, 47, of Oakland, held a sign reading "Judge Thelton Henderson is watching," a reference to a federal judge who has threatened to put the Oakland Police Department into federal receivership for failing to make court-ordered reforms.

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Warwick said the sign was intended as a reminder to the police to refrain from violence.

"It's going to be interesting later today," she said, referring to a protest planned at 4 p.m. against the eviction of the protesters. "I certainly hope they aren't going to shoot any more tear gas."

Protesters said the police action will not dissuade them from setting up camp again.

"That goes without saying," said protester Lauren Smith, 29. "They're not going to be able to keep this area clear. They don't have the resources."


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Photo: Officers form a line during the eviction of Occupy Oakland protesters. Credit: Beck Diefenbach / Reuters