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article imageVideos of Occupy Oakland clash with police spread online

By David Silverberg     Nov 3, 2011 in World
Oakland - Many videos have begun circulating online, showing multiple perspectives of the Occupy Oakland yesterday. Some videos focus on black-clad protesters destroying property while other clips look at the late-night clashes with police.
The aftermath of last night's Occupy Oakland protest saw 80 arrests, damaged property and a heated debate over how to handle anarchist protesters looking to smash windows. Today also brought the world videos of the protest, from its march in downtown Oakland to the stand-off with police. Tear gas and rubber bullets were used to disperse protesters.
Last night Occupy Oakland protesters took over the port area of Oakland, effectively shutting down entrances to the port. The port has since resumed normal operations. City crews are cleaning the city's damaged downtown early Thursday, where graffiti and debris cover almost every surface near the corner of 14th and Broadway, according to the Oakland Tribune.
Attracting online attention are videos showing the demonstration, including several troubling incidents. One cellphone video shows a Mercedes driver trying to get past demonstrators. A man begins banging on the hood of his car and the Mercedes then drives into his knees. After lying on the ground, he was then taken to an ambulance on a stretcher.
Earlier videos depict a conflict within the protest. Apparently, black-clad demonstrators were intent on destroying property, smashing windows and spray-painting STRIKE across building walls. Several other protesters tried to stop them, screaming "No violence! Peaceful protest!" and they even started to scuffle with protesters who resemble Black Bloc members. These protesters also sprayed anarchist markings on public buildings. At one point, a protester urged these black-clothed men and women to show their faces, masked by balaclavas and hoodies.
Later in the evening, protesters momentarily occupied a vacant building on 16th Street, and started several fires and used homemade bomb launchers to fire M80s at police. "The action continued until 3 a.m. as police and protesters played cat-and-mouse between the concussive booms of flashbang grenades, arcs of tear-gas canisters and smoke from the protesters' fires," the Tribune writes.
The video below, from the Tribune, looks at the building occupation and the later clashes with police. It's apparent tear gas was lobbed at protesters as they chant "Who's streets? Our streets!"
YouTube user lucaswolfvideo shot clips of the first use of tear gas at the standoff, he claims. The video was taken at 7:43 local time. Later in the clip, protesters berate police officers standing behind a fence, with some shouting "Murderer!"
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