No more Lord of the Flies in Oakland


Cops arrest Occupy Oakland protesters

Oakland police arrested dozens of people at a plaza outside City Hall and at a second, smaller camp nearby, two weeks after the protesters launched their efforts as part of the Occupy Wall Street movement against corporate greed and economic inequality.

At about 4:57 a.m., officers began making arrests and removing tents and makeshift shelters at the Occupy Oakland protest at Frank Ogawa Plaza near 14th Street and Broadway. By 5:05 a.m., the bulk of the arrests had been completed, and arrestees were led away in plastic handcuffs.

One of those arrested, Aiyahnna Johnson, 30, of Oakland, had been living at the camp with her 2-year-old daughter. The child was not present this morning.

“We want the best for you guys, that’s all,” she told the two officers who were leading her away.

At 6:15 a.m., police then arrested at least six protesters at a smaller encampment at Snow Park at 19th and Harrison streets near Lake Merritt. One man went limp, but those arrests also happened quickly and without incident amid cries of protest by onlookers yelling, “Cops! Pigs! Murderers!”

As she was led away by police from Snow Park, Mindy Stone, 43, said, “I’m not camping, I’m demonstrating. What they’re doing today is disgraceful.”

It appeared that most of the arrests outside City Hall took place without incident. But one man was shown on television actively resisting by kicking his legs and yelling. Two officers calmly escorted him away. An officer fired a non-lethal projectile from a shotgun at a protester who had lobbed a bottle, authorities said.

Protesters said the police action did not mean that Occupy Oakland was over. Some said they would return to the plaza. At 6:40 a.m., however, police began erecting metal barricades around the plaza.

Occupy Oakland is where news reporters were threatened and people were attacked. One police officer compared the encampment to “Lord of the Flies.” The city council voted last week to pull the plug on the occupiers but they refused to leave.

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17 Responses to No more Lord of the Flies in Oakland

  1. DeniseVB says:

    Reposting Zombies photo-journal of OccupyOakland.

    Women and People of Color are segregated and drug dealers are making a fortune. Viva La Shutdown!

  2. votermom says:

    I didn’t mean to step on this post – sorry!

  3. yttik says:

    In Seattle, it’s as if the movement is torn between protesting wall street and declaring war on the cops and city hall. The mayor, the cops, all the authorities, have bent over backwards for them, but there’s a faction of protesters that just seem hell bent on creating conflict and getting themselves arrested. That “lord of the flies” vibe keeps coming up too, because for all their alleged consensus, there are people dominating and making decisions for the whole group. I read the minutes from the GA and the next day it seems like the whole group did the exact opposite.

    • myiq2xu says:

      It’s like I asked in the drum post below – how will the occupiers deal with people who refuse to abide by the rules and drum at unauthorized hours?

    • HELENK says:

      Seattle was the only city I did not feel safe in when I traveled there. I remember people cheering when a cop got hit by a car. This was several years ago. I had lived and worked both day and night in New York, Philadelphia Los Angeles but Seattle every where you went there were young people pan handling. It just did not feel safe to me.

  4. Mary says:

    This is good news! It was an accident waiting to happen.

  5. dm says:

    My daughter was home from college this weekend and I asked her if she had seen the “occupiers” in her city. She told me about her 2 experiences with them. The first time she walked by, several were yelling at her…I suppose in an efort to get their message across. She said the area as well as the occupiers looked pretty unclean and smelly – her words, not mine. The second time her and her friend were actually cutting through the area as a shortcut, and they passed a tent with a sign “Tavern”…a guy came out (with a thick accent) and asked if they wanted to come in and have a drink. When they said no and kept walking, he started following them and proceeded to yell at them. Needless to say, she wasn’t impressed which is interesting to me as she is 17…but it didn’t seem enticing to her at all. She called them dirty hippies, which I suppose should offend me since hippies were around when I was her age and to me it looked “cool”.

  6. Yay! Bankers in Oaklnd are safe again. You still didn’t answer me – why the joy in this?

    • WMCB says:

      You were answered multiple times in the other thread. OTOH, you have yet to answer the questions we keep asking you. You don’t seem to want a discussion, you seem to just want to do drive-bys and drop insults. What, do you think you are OccupyCrawdadHole?

      Oh, and “Why the joy in the bankers being safe?” is like asking “When did you stop beating your wife?” Your question includes an untrue assumption that pretty much tips people off that you are completely full of shit.

      You’ve been told time and time again that no one here is in favor of what happened and is happening with the banks and with our govt. Yet you keep asserting that we just love us some banksters and some status quo. So you are either stupid and incapable of processing basic sentences, or being a complete nasty asshole. Pick one.

    • DandyTiger says:

      We’re a safe haven from the OWS/OFA kool-aid drinkers here. Go worship Obama or OWS somewhere else. Thanks.

  7. HELENK says:

    I guess the people who will lose a days pay are just thrilled with this bunch

    Because of heavy police activity, those who work in downtown Oakland are advised to not come into work until further notice. #OccupyOakland

  8. DeniseVB says:

    Boston should be next …..heroin dealers busted. They had a 6 year old sharing their tent. Also, defacing buildings reported….

    It’s just a happy New World Order 😛

  9. crawdad says:

    Didn’t the city of Oakland tell them they could come protest everyday, they just couldn’t camp out?

    • WMCB says:

      Yep. Most of the cities who want them to clear out are saying that. But they seem to think that “my right to free speech” is the same thing as “my right to cause a public sanitation and safety hazard”. They’ll be wailing about how they are being oppressed. I don’t remember “camp out wherever I please, in whatever conditions I please, for as long as I please” being in the bill of rights, myself.

  10. HELENK says:

    video of oakland police and ows

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