#OccupyOakland protests turn violent
#OccupyOakland protests turn violentProtestors clash with police in California.
An Occupy Wall St. demonstrator in a wheelchair is pushed away as authorities deploy tear gas in Oakland, California. October 25, 2011. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
In Oakland, California on Tuesday night, riot police forcibly disbanded a large group of protestors and arrested more than 100. The demonstrators were associated with the “Occupy Oakland” movement, an offshoot of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement across the United States.
Police defended their use of tear gas, bean bag rounds, and flash grenades, saying they feared an imminent escalation in violence after the crowd began throwing paintballs and bottles at policemen.
Some eyewitnesses report officers fired rubber bullets and wooden dowels into the crowds, but officials deny the claim. Videos recently posted to YouTube video appear to show wounded protestors, including one veteran who appears bloodied from a severe head wound.
Earlier that day, local news media had assembled video crews at protest sites to report on the events. Activists say live news feeds were intentionally cut moments before police began dispersing crowds.
At its peak, the Tuesday night protests involved more than 1,000 people.
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