Occupy Protesters Vandalize Oakland City Hall; 400 Arrested


Almost 400 people were arrested during a series of Occupy Oakland marches and protest actions Saturday that included a group breaking into and vandalizing City Hall, reports the Oakland Tribune. Mayor Jean Quan called the City Hall invasion “the crowning of the constant other vandalism we’ve had outside.” Demonstrators broke an interior window, upended and damaged historic architecture models believed to be more than 100 years old, destroyed glass casings, stole and burned two American flags, and broke into fire sprinkler and elevator control rooms.

Saturday marked the single largest number of arrests in one day since Occupy Oakland began in October, a culmination of what both sides agreed is an increasingly tense standoff between protesters and police. Saturday’s clashes inspired solidarity marches yesterday by Occupy groups across the U.S., including those in New York City, Philadelphia, Denver, and Los Angeles.

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