Oakland police fire tear gas and stun bullets at Occupy protesters

Happening as I write. First the tear gas part, from the NY Times blog The Lede:

Police Fire Tear Gas at Occupy Protesters in Oakland

Last Updated 9:48 a.m. Riot police in Oakland dispersed hundreds of protesters with tear gas on Tuesday night as crowds tried to re-enter a plaza outside of City Hall that the authorities had cleared of an encampment earlier in the day.

The forceful response by the police to protesters in Oakland came as the police in Atlanta moved in early Wednesday morning to clear an encampment from the city’s central Woodruff Park. … Wednesday morning in downtown Oakland, a dim cloud of gas still hung in the air over Frank Ogawa Plaza, according to images broadcast on CNN. A small number of police in riot gear stood by barricades around the plaza and a handful of protesters held signs nearby.

“It sounded like bombs,” said Joaquin Jutt, 24, a digital animator who was among the protesters on Tuesday night. … Protesters, many affiliated with the group Occupy Oakland, can be seen scurrying away from billowing clouds of gas and what appear to be flash grenades in video recorded from a high vantage point in a nearby office building[.]

There’s excellent video at the link.

And now about the rubber bullets, Think Progress (my emphasis):

Approximately an hour ago, hundreds of Oakland police officers raided the camp. Dressed in riot gear, the police used rubber bullets, flash grenades, and gas canisters to forcibly evict and/or arrest the demonstrators who remained in the plaza.

John wrote last night about the Oakland police using “flash bang canisters” (flash grenades) against the Occupyers. Click through John’s report for stunning video shot high from a news helicopter.

GP


Gaius Publius is a professional writer living on the West Coast of the United States.

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