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article imageDefying the city's eviction notice, Occupy Oakland storms bank

By Michael Krebs     Oct 24, 2011 in Crime
Oakland - After receiving an eviction notice from the city, the Occupy Oakland General Assembly defied the order to disperse, shutting down streets and storming a Chase bank branch.
The Occupy Oakland General Assembly has made it clear that it does not intend to obey the eviction notice it received from the city, and the organization alerted its activist base to be "swarm" downtown Oakland in preparation of a police action to remove them forcibly.
"A police raid of Oscar Grant Plaza is very likely this week," an alert read on the Occupy Oakland web site. "Text bayaction to 41411 to get on the emergency text alert system of #occupyoakland. In the event of an attempted police eviction, please alert all your friends and swarm downtown Oakland asap!"
Protesters marched through the streets of Oakland on Saturday, blocking highway ramps and the city's main arteries.
But the Occupy Oakland activists took a more decisive turn when they marched into a Chase branch while chanting, "Chase got bailed out. We got sold out."
The raucous crowd filled the bank and began throwing deposit slips into the air, shutting down the bank's operations before returning to their tent encampments outside City Hall.
"We're not leaving," Jabar, a 30-year-old bartender, told the San Francisco Chronicle. "We are not going to just walk away."
The Occupy Oakland tent city was assembled across from City Hall, an encampment practice seen nationally among the Occupy Wall Street offshoots. The tent cities have been called "Obamavilles," according to a report by the Washington Examiner, in part reflective of President Obama's public sympathy with the left-leaning agendas expressed by the protest movement.
With the nation's unemployment rate at 9.1 percent, the frustrations that have given birth to the occupation movement are lasting.
It was unclear what police action would be taken against the Occupy Oakland faction.
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