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The Violence In Oakland Will Never Be Forgiven

via grey coast a-news

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From Anon.


Marches for Oakland solidarity marched through downtown and split into a couple groups from Naito Parkway & Hawthorne Street. (Did the black bloc at the intersection disappear?) Another group had marched to the East Side across the Hawthorne Bridge black flags flying. We evaded police barricades at the other side of the bridge by taking sharp turns and switching back to off- and on-ramps and going opposite directions on Highway 99. Police outnumbered. One person reportedly arrested for pushing a cop into a bus (unconfirmed.) Police focused their forces on blocking the rest of Hawthorne Bridge. We marched over to the Morrison Bridge instead. We took the width of Morrison Bridge and marched back downtown. Chanting:


WE ALL LIVE IN A MILITARY STATE {{ A MILITARY STATE! }} {{ A MILITARY STATE! }}

THE VIOLENCE {{ IN OAKLAND }} WILL NEVER BE FORGIVEN!

THE VIOLENCE {{ IN PORTLAND }} WILL NEVER BE FORGIVEN!

COPS! PIGS! WE DON'T NEED'EM ALL WE WANT IS COMPLETE FREEDOM!



Video from yesterday's Oakland Solidarity Marches (on the Hawthorne Bridge). by Philosopher Seed.

 http://greycoast.wordpress.com/2011/11/03/the-violence-in-oakland-will-never-be-forgiven/

Protest Professionally, Maybe? 04.Nov.2011 06:03

blues

I am an ancient anti-Vietnam War protester. Most major protests are better left to the young. It's very unlikely, but possible that you will get broken bones at protests, and after about 45, the bones don't heal well. I would not just head off to some city to protest without doing a bit of research! Not much point in holding a "major" protest in some tiny village of 5,000. The police in some cities are much nastier than the cops in others. Generally, some cities are very corrupt, and others are super-very corrupt, and the super-very corrupt ones tend to have the nastiest cops. Sometimes the super-corruption goes away but the nasty cops remain, however. You can gauge the nastiness factor by talking to the poor and homeless the "middle class" types are much less likely to be aware of this.

Be equipped with maps, train, and bus schedules, etc. Maybe bring a package of noodle soup, and certainly some water in a non-leaky container. Wear work or hiking boots so your toes don't get crushed. Learn a little about the "terrain." You will not want to be trapped on a bridge or a dead end street! (I think it's insane to march on a bridge, where you are easily trapped.) Be prepared! But don't bring anything too valuable, since it might be stolen or confiscated.

I suggest remaining in one big crowd, if possible. But get away from rioters. they are not "productive," and they will get you hurt. The effectiveness of a protest increases a lot when there are lots of protesters in one place. Some people with cameras should (discretely) photograph the crowd, since the officials and journalists will always "underestimate" the size of the event by about 90%. It would be most helpful if all of the protesters were prepared!