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MEDIA ROOTS — On Saturday, November 19, 2011, Occupy Oakland (OO) held another mass day of action after the nationwide crackdowns against the Occupy Movement days before. Thousands vigorously took to the streets and jubilantly marched through downtown Oakland and around Lake Merritt before tearing down a fence around an empty lot at 19th & Telegraph to establish another OO encampment.
The demonstrators held a huge dance party in the streets despite the pouring rain, as over thirty tents were set up by occupiers. Although, not enough people held the space overnight to prevent a third raid from Oakland PD the next morning, 11/20, the Occupy Movement continues undeterred.
Abby Martin of Media Roots captures some great energy and epic highlights from the day of the historic general strike in Oakland on 11-2-11.
Footage includes the strike, the shutdown of the banks around town, the march to the port and the shutdown of the Port of Oakland.
Abby Martin of Media Roots was on the front lines of the war in the streets of Oakland during the aftermath of the Occupy Oakland general strike and shutdown of the port on November 2, 2011.
Over 10,000 peaceful protesters successfully shut down the Port of Oakland, the fifth largest port in the country at 8pm earlier that night. About two hours later, the anarchist “Black Bloc” came to downtown, smashing windows of banks and setting trash cans on fire.
The Oakland PD in full riot gear lined up and marched toward the now out of control rally. They started firing smoke grenades and tear gas into the crowd of people, to which people starting throwing bottles and other objects back to the police.
After the crowd scattered, the police lined up and starting to close in and arrest the remaining protesters at the Occupy Oakland camp.