Six people were arrested during a march staged by Occupy Oakland protesters to protest what they called previous police mistreatment of demonstrators.
The showdown Saturday night happened at the corner of Ninth and Washington streets, just blocks from Oakland police headquarters and the scene of an Oct. 25 clash in which protesters had thrown paint at riot officers, prompting police to fire tear gas.
The poor dears were mostly peaceful, although they did march under a huge “F*ck the Police” banner, started a bonfire in front of the police station, vandalized a media van, broke windows, and threw bottles at riot police. One of them was caught carrying a quarter stick of dynamite…
Saturday night’s arrests took place during a march from Frank Ogawa Plaza outside Oakland City Hall to the Oakland Police Department. The event began peacefully as several dozen protesters began walking along Broadway holding a banner reading “F- the police.”
On Saturday night, protesters had hoped to march to Oakland police headquarters, but rows of officers stood outside the entrances, according to an online stream of the incident.
As they approached the police station, officers in riot helmets stopped marchers along Washington Street near Seventh Street, where protesters started a bonfire and some threw bottles at officers from the back of the crowd. During the protest, protesters spray-painted a letter “A” with a circle around it – the symbol for anarchy – on a media van, broke windows at a Starbucks coffee shop and on patrol cars, authorities said.
The police chased protesters down and made six arrests on a variety of offenses - including assaulting officers, resisting arrest and vandalism.