Police Re-Raid Occupy Oakland
Police arrested 20 demonstrators at Occupy Oakland before dawn Monday morning in another attempt to clear the camp out from a downtown plaza.
Protesters reportedly put up little resistance, in contrast to the first time police raided the camp and made arrests on Oct. 25.
Oakland mayor Jean Quan was criticised after the first raid on the Oakland camp, which turned violent and put one protester, who happened to be an Iraq War veteran, in the hospital with a fractured skull.
Quan had allowed protesters to reestablish the camp in the Frank Ogawa Plaza following the raid.
After a man was shot and killed Thursday near the plaza, city officials issued an ultimatum to break up the camp once again.
The number of tents dwindled slightly, but most protesters showed no signs of budging.
Police issued a fourth cease and desist order Sunday night, then raided the camp early Monday morning.
"We really tried to make this a safe and peaceful day," said Quan after the tents were taken down. "Even though there are those who disagree with my decision, we hope it is peaceful. We need them to honor and respect our city and keep it safe."
The mayor says that protesters will be able to express their right to free speech during the day, but "no camping is allowed."
Some demonstrators left the scene but vowed to return with multipled forces.
"I don't see how they're going to disperse us," 30-year-old Ohad Meyer said. "There are thousands of people who are going to come back."
The Oakland raid followed on the heels of a more violent showdown between police and Occupy Portland protesters on Sunday.
Police raided the park where protesters were camping out after they defied an order to vacate by Saturday night, warning them that they may be subject to chemical agents and impact weapons if they did not cooperate.
In Salt Lake City, police made 19 arrests after a man was found dead inside his tent at the camp.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.