Following a tumultuous day of street fighting between protestors and police in Oakland, resulting in five volleys of tear gas that left an Iraq War vet, Scott Olsen, seriously injured, thousands of protestors reoccupied Frank Ogawa Plaza last night.
Meanwhile, at least a thousand occupiers at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco prepared to defend their camp from police after rumors of an impending police raid circulated on Twitter and elsewhere.
Call for General Strike
After thousands of protestors — higher numbers than the contentious night before — reoccupied Frank Ogawa Plaza, which was free of police, they held a general assembly in the Amphitheater where a call for a general strike was on the table.
A group of protestors tore down a chain-linked fence that surrounded the lawn of the Plaza as the GA went on, signs attached to fence read that the area was under renovation. The fences eventually turned into art:
So, the General Assembly voted for a general strike on Wednesday, November 2, and called on all students to skip school and workers to stay home from their jobs. The move is an effort to hit the economic system of Oakland where it hurts by screeching the economy to a standstill; the last time there was a general strike in Oakland was in December 1946 when workers were determined to prevent the union busting that occurred after World War 1 from repeating itself.
To what degree the strike will be participated by unions or other interested parties is not known at this time.
The Raid That Didn’t Come
Then there was OccupySF. People mobilized over there after the rumors of a police raided began to circulate. The camp moved quickly to hash out a defense, in this case separating into two human barricade groups where people would link arms and non-violently resist moving from the area.
Although no raid happened, there were confirmed reports of hundreds of police officers being mobilized on Treasure Island and Potrero. There were two people who tracked the police movements from Treasure Island to a facility on De Hero and 16th streets, and they reported being harassed by motorcycle cops who were trying to prevent them from following the caravan. By 5 a.m., police dispersed.
Many politicos attended the event as well. Supervisors David Campos, John Avalos, Jane Kim, Eric Mar, and David Chiu, along with State Senator Leland Yee, stayed at the camp for most of the night, with the last supes leaving around 4 a.m. They talked with the occupiers about their position of the camp, which is try to find a balance between constitutional right to assemble and the sanitation issues that could arise from a prolonged camp. They were certainly against any type of police confrontation. In fact, their presence may have spared the hundreds of campers there from a Oakland-style raid.