Occupy Oakland: 400 Arrests, Tear Gas & Flag Burning

Mass arrests, chemical weapons, and nationwide solidarity – the Occupy Wall Street movement was the big story over the weekend – and so too was how hundreds of Americans were screwed out of their constitutional rights to free speech and assembly. More than 400 members of the Occupy movement were arrested Saturday in downtown Oakland as riot police using flash-bang grenades, chemical weapons, and less-lethal rubber-coated steel bullets cracked down on an attempt to occupy a long-abandoned city building. An unknown number of patriots were hospitalized with injuries after the assault by Oakland Police, and at least four journalists were arrested – the most since Mayor Bloomberg‘s midnight raid on Zuccotti Park last November. All-in-all it was an ugly day in Oakland Saturday.

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#OWS Weekend Wrap-up

In Oakland, cops cleared an encampment located at 19th and Telegraph Avenue this morning. Despite the fact that police showed up in riot gear, barring protesters from their camp, no arrests or injuries were reported. In San Francisco, six demonstrators were arrested and many still fear that the main Occupy camp at Justin Herman Plaza, will suffer the same fate as the one that was raided in front of the Federal Reserve building. Occupy Boston has been labeled one of the best established locations throughout the country. A temporary court order has prevented police from breaking down the Dewey Square encampment within Boston’s financial district.

Cops use Shock & Awe tactics used in Afghanistan in an attempt to devastate #OWS

Hundreds of arrests and multiple injuries are the result of the massive ‘day of action’ across the U.S. by the Occupy Wall Street protesters. Tens of thousands of activists against corporate greed took part in rallies in key cities across the United States, marking two months of the movement.

But several met with a heavy police response. Officers in riot gear, armed with batons and shields were accused of brutality against mostly-peaceful demonstrators. The focal point was, of course, New York, where crowds took to bridges, the subway and tried to disrupt the Stock Exchange to make their frustration heard. RT spoke with Felipe Messina, a correspondent for the independent Media Roots news organization, who believes police are purposefully going beyond the call of duty to nip the protests in the bud.