Police clear 'Occupy' protesters from Snow Park

November 22, 2011 12:05:13 AM PST
A police action to clear an Occupy Oakland encampment from Snow Park early this morning went smoothly with no arrests, no use of force and no injuries, according to a police spokeswoman.

Oakland police Officer Johnna Watson said when police arrived at 12:20 a.m. today there were about 15 people at the encampment adjacent to 19th and Harrison streets near Lake Merritt and they were "very cooperative" when police asked them to leave.

Watson said there were between 20 and 30 tents at the site but the protesters took them down and also removed all of their gear.

City workers then moved in and cleared up the garbage left behind by the protesters, she said.

Oakland police, with help from other agencies, cleared out a bigger Occupy Oakland encampment at Frank Ogawa Plaza a week ago today but temporarily allowed the smaller encampment at Snow Park to remain.

Watson said the Snow Park encampment was peaceful and police didn't have the resources to close it at the same time it was closing down the encampment at Frank Ogawa Plaza.

She said police had been in communication with the protesters at Snow Park to let them know that the encampment would be removed.

Watson said today's action means there currently are no Occupy Oakland encampments in the city.

Protesters attempted to establish a new encampment in a vacant lot near the corner of 19th Street and Telegraph Avenue Saturday night but were evicted by police Sunday morning.

Occupy Oakland protesters set up camp on lawn of foreclosed home

Occupy Oakland demonstrators Monday night gathered at a home that is in foreclosure, according to a protester.

Dozens of protesters had gathered on the lawn of a house near 18th and Linden streets, with the blessing of the former occupant, according to protester Kat Brooks.

Demonstrators began to gather at around 7 p.m. and about a dozen tents had been erected as of 9:45 p.m., Brooks said.

Brooks said she did not know if the lawn was "technically bank owned property" or if it still legally belongs to the former occupant but she said the former occupant was contacted and it was "with her full blessing this is happening."

The encampment at the foreclosed home is in response to the current economic climate and sends a message to big banks, Brooks said.

"They made the economy impossible to survive in...You created this, why are we suffering?" Brooks said.

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