Oakland City Administrator Deanna Santana, right, speaks beside Interim Chief of Oakland Police Howard Jordan during a media conference Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2011, in Oakland, Calif. Occupy Oakland protestors were evicted from Frank H. Ogawa plaza early this morning. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Under cover of darkness early Tuesday, hundreds of police swept into Oakland’s Occupy Wall Street protest, firing tear gas and beanbag rounds before clearing out an encampment of demonstrators.
In less than an hour, the two-week-old, miniature makeshift city was in ruins.
Scattered across the area were overturned tents, pillows, sleeping bags, yoga mats, tarps, backpacks, food wrappers and water bottles. Signs decrying corporations and police still hung from lampposts or lay on the ground.
Protesters had stayed awake through the night, waiting for the expected raid. Officers and sheriff’s deputies from across the San Francisco Bay area surrounded the plaza in front of City Hall at around 5 a.m. and closed in. Eighty-five people were arrested, mostly on suspicion of misdemeanor unlawful assembly and illegal camping, police said.
Later Tuesday, hundreds of Login to read more