Live from Occupy Oakland: Window smashing, vandalism, and more; charter buses to port, Teamsters in the house; port shut down, trucks overrun; Update: Tear gas, riot police, fire, firecrackers at midnight Pacific time
Scroll for updates…midnight…riot police finally show up…Mayor Jean Quan begs protesters to “call” her…
Police barricade on fire lit by protesters to disperse tear gas
Approx. 100 officers from Alameda County
Hayward PD and Concord PD also on scene
I’m starting a fresh thread on tonight’s Occupy Oakland “strike.” (Previous post and background here.)
They’ve welcomed the Black Panthers and Communist revolutionary thug Angela Davis, and are currently marching to the Port of Oakland.
Various sympathizers and observers are tweeting live. Mother Jones reports that the Oakland Whole Foods store — after being falsely accused of threatening to punish workers who walked out on the job today — has been vandalized.
One person on scene writes: “Straight into window breaking and street furniture smashing at whole foods. #generalstrike #occupyoaklandwindow breaking and street furniture smashing at whole foods.”
Whole Foods is defending itself online. To no avail.
A big mob dressed in black is roaming around the streets. They’ve sprayed graffiti on the walls of businesses.
Wells Fargo windows have also been reportedly smashed.
Chase Bank vandalized.
Maybe the city enablers will use federal stimulus money to clean it up.
Overheard on livestream: Occupier sneers: “They can afford new windows.”
East Bay Express reports that approximately 75 shoppers were barricaded inside the Whole Foods as protesters threw rocks and smashed the windows.
I’ll keep you posted as they head to the port.
Teamsters are in the house, of course…
Charter buses taking protesters to the Port of Oakland now. One occupier says there about a dozen buses on site. It looks like they are getting police escort…overhead shot via ABC7:
A swarm is gathering at the Oakland port:
At 732pm Eastern/432pm Pacific, an ILWU rep just consulted with occupiers at the Port of Oakland on which trucks to blockade. Broadcast here.
Union leaders are coordinating with occupiers to form a picket line that will allow them to turn around and stay in the port while abiding by their contract.
At 824pm Easter/532pm Pacific, the Port Authority has reportedly said that the port is shut down. Protesters have turned back vehicles and are climbing on top of trucks:
Brilliant: Protesters are preventing a trucker dad from picking up his son.
9:19pm Eastern/6:19pm Pacific: Classic. Occupier complains of thirst, complains that businesses are closed, finds food truck, buys cold soda, then proceeds to reprimand other workers for not staying home for the strike.
Factions splitting between rabble-rousers who want to mob the Bay Bridge and others waiting around for orders from the union goons.
Sideshow: The guy with the big Gandhi puppet…
Update: Midnight. Riot police apparently from Alameda County Sheriff’s office have fired on protesters, tear gas dispersed, warnings issued to leave.
Van Jones and Boots Riley approve.
And here are the midnight tweets from worst mayor in America, Oakland’s Jean Quan:
Idiocrat. Reaping what she has sown. Heckuva job, Jeanie.
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