Oakland says adios Occupy

Oakland orders Occupy protesters to leave plaza

Oakland officials Thursday night ordered protesters inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement to vacate Frank Ogawa Plaza outside City Hall, where hundreds of people have lived since Oct. 10 in an elaborate tent city complete with a kitchen, a school and a medical tent.

A document titled “Notice to Vacate Frank Ogawa Plaza” was posted on the city’s website at 8 p.m. by the office of City Administrator Deanna Santana. It said Oakland was committed to allowing free speech, but also had a responsibility to protect public safety.

“We believe that after 10 days, the City can no longer uphold public health and safety,” the notice said. “In recent days, camp conditions and occupants’ behavior have significantly deteriorated, and it is no longer manageable to maintain a public health and safety plan.”

Violence cited

The document cited fire hazards, sanitation issues, a growing rat problem and graffiti. It referred to an “increasing frequency of violence, assaults, threats and intimidation” and complained that protesters had denied access to “emergency personnel to treat injured persons and to police to patrol the Plaza.”

“As a result of these serious conditions, the Administration has determined that facilitating this expression of speech is no longer viable, nor in the interest of public health and safety,” the order said. “Peaceful daytime assembly will continue to be allowed between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily. No tents or overnight camping permitted.”

The Oakland Occupation was basically a homeless encampment. I think that is the inevitable result of a promise of free food and a hassle-free (by the cops) camp site.

I think the idea of “occupying” sites 24/7 was one of the first mistakes made by the OWS leaders. Let’s see how well it holds up when winter arrives.

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6 Responses to Oakland says adios Occupy

  1. Three Wickets says:

    This post provides some interesting background on the buildup to OWS from early this spring.

    I am honored to have long been in email correspondence with David DeGraw of Amped Status, one of the key initial organizers of the Occupy Wall Street movement. As a result of our mutual support society/correspondence, I am also honored to be included in an email group of people I consider the leading lights in the movement to restore democracy and fiscal sanity to this nation, people like Matt Taibbi, Barry Ritholtz, William Black, Max Keiser, Dylan Ratigan, Karl Denninger, Yves Smith, Michael Hudson, Nomi Prins, David Cay Johnston, Paul Craig Roberts, “George Washington” and Tyler Durden, to name some whose work you have probably read.

  2. 1539days says:

    So far, whenever cops throw people out of an area, they end up dispersing. It’s hard to stop a daytime rally, it’s easy to roust a bunch of sleeping stoners.

  3. Mary says:

    Wise choice, Oakland. This was an accident looking to happen, given that reports said Oakland had become like “Lord of the Flies,” with threatened violence to reporters mentioning things like “we kill white girls here.”

    There wasn’t really any other choice, I think.

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