Oakland police fire wooden dowels at protesters

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Police used with wooden dowels, “sting balls” and other non-lethal weapons to deal with anti-war protesters outside the Port of Oakland, reports the Associated Press. At least a dozen demonstrators and six bystanders were hurt. longshoremen standing nearby. Most of 500 demonstrators were dispersed without incident yesterday, but police opened fire at two locations when protesters refused to move. Demonstrators said it was the first time they had been fired on since anti-war protests started in the San Francisco area more than two weeks ago.

The dowels are supposed to be shot at the ground and richochet up to strike their targets. Oakland police said 31 people were arrested.

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