Occupy Oakland Re-Occupies In Secret Location
While hundreds of NYPD officers were deployed to intimidate OWS protesters last night in Union Square, Occupy Oaklanders organized a non-publicized occupation of an undisclosed location in solidarity with occupations around the country and to give occupy Oakland a new organizational home base.
In the cover of night, a dedicated group of Occupy Oakland protesters were able to set up a new camp without any harassment from the over bearing local police force by keeping the location a secret, until this morning at about 7:15am. An estimated 30 people held the space through out the night, while having a bit of fun trolling OPD on twitter with both clever & mis-leading tips as to where the new camp was being erected.
OPD is never going to find the #OO #SecretSolidarityCamp. It’s in 1995. Bring rave pants, bad ecstasy, manic panic, and noserings! – @GonzOakland
#OPD will sure be surprised when they figure out #OO is camped out under the Eastmont substation… – @OaklandElle
We are on OPD headquarters roof setting up tents. #oo @Jayron26 @OakFoSho @Ergoat @BreaKBeatJunkEE – @VizFoSho
Within a couple short hours (9:06am) of learning that the ‘Secret Solidarity Camp‘ was located at Mosswood Park, now renamed Huey P. Newton park, Sgt. A. Steinberger approached the encampment to inform those in attendance that only four tents would be allowed to remain standing. Steinberger was unable to state a law which grants him the authority to dictate the amount of tents individuals are allowed to set up, though his ignorance did not stop him from attempting to intimidate the occupants. When confronted with the concept of his job duties, Steinberger responded with, “It’s my job to issue citations.”
At 11:00am an estimated 10 police officers arrived on the scene, using the information provided by the occupiers to Sgt. A. Steinberger in the above video clip to inform those with tents that they must be taken down due to, ”great information, provided by people here that the intent is to stay over night, and have more people show up here...” The officers surrounded the camp and forced the occupiers into taking down their tents, for now anyways..
This is a great example of why it is extremely important to never speak with the police, no matter how friendly they are pretending to be.
The re-occupation continues as I am writing this, police say they will remain on the scene until all tents have been put away. Follow my tweets, or watch @BellaEiko on her Ustream channel to stay up to date on the unfolding events in Oakland, CA.
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