By Shanelle Matthews, Communications Manager
This morning at 4:30 am Oakland Mayor Jean Quan gave the green light to the Oakland Police Department to dismantle the occupation at Frank Ogawa/OscarGrant Plaza under the pretext of sanitation and public safety stating, "over the last week it was apparent that neither the demonstrators nor the City could maintain safe or sanitary conditions, or control the ongoing vandalism … We want to thank the police, fire, public works and other employees who worked over the last week to peacefully close the encampment."
|What's left of the encampment after the OPD raid|
The police and public works agency trampled over and destroyed the campsite and people’s personal belongings. Among the rubble were children’s toys, boxes of food that were donated to the camp, tents, medical supplies and hundreds of pieces of art created out of protest.
Using military strategy and tactics to disassemble peaceful protestors (who have the first amendment right to assemble) has torn the lid of the Pandora’s Box that was opened here in Oakland years ago during the Vietnam war and the Black power movement. The tumultuous history Oaklanders have with civil disobedience, police brutality and political insecurity places us in a particularly precarious situation - more so than other cities that have been raided. Oakland police department has a long history of unlawfully killing innocent civilians under the guise of “protect and serve.” We’ve mourned the loss of countless Oaklanders who have been slain by police which makes it increasingly difficult to trust that they will not harm us during times like these.
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For more information please visit www.occupyoakland.org.