Hundreds of police officers raided the Occupy Oakland tent city early Monday morning. In anticipation, protesters from Occupy Oakland had gathered overnight in the intersection of Broadway and 14th Street. Some campers started taking down their tents early.
6:30 a.m. About 20 arrested so far
Police have arrested about 20 protesters so far and have begun dismantling the camp. Hundreds of protesters remain on Broadway and 14th. While they can't return to the camp, police are not ordering them to leave.
In the camp, police are taking down tents and making arrests. Everything remains peaceful.
Police arrested 14 protesters who had been praying all night in the interfaith tent all night amid by candles.
The protesters, who had planned to peacefully resist the raid, sang "We Shall Overcome" as the police arrested them.
Rev. Kurt Kuhwald had told reporters, "Our plan is to remain here."
Several individual protesters also chose to get arrested.
Brandon Walsh, an Oakland bike mechanic, said that he was "passively occupying" despite police orders to leave the camp.
"I have the privileged of having a voice and the luxury to do something with it," he said.
Protesters continue to affirm that the raid will not hinder the movement.
"The campers are going to be back in a day or two," said engineering student Mark L., who identifies as a Republican.
"Police brutality has galvanized the X-Box generation. If they'd just ignored it in Oakland or Zuccotti Park, it would have gone away."
taking down tents
6 a.m. Police start making arrests
Police are starting to make arrests, of a group of interfaith protesters gathered in a circle near the plaza. The tent city has yet to be dismantled.
On the other side of the plaza, in the amphitheater, Paul Bloom,of San Francisco is waiting to be arrested.
Hehad been at the Wall Street Occupy Camp, but returned after the first Oakland raid. He has been camping for the last 10 days.
"I want to get arrested," he said, sitting near three others who were meditating.
"I feel sad that we haven't communciated what we wanted to communicate. "This is a movement for future generations"
5:25 a.m. Camp deserted as police walk through
The Occupy Oakand camp is looking desolate, abandoned. A police helicopter is hovering overhead, shining a light and annoucing over a speaker that anyone there must leave now. But there's no one in the tents, it seems empty. There are some people nearby, lingering near the police line on the plaza.
It seems about 30-40 tents were taken down in anticipation of the raid. Police have surrounded plaza at this point. There have been no reports of violence or police skirmishes with protesters.
5:15 a.m. Police surround camp, start to walk through
Police have peacefully surrounded both the camp and the plaza.
A line of police officers have encircled the plaza, and some are walking through the camp. They've also surrounded the more than 500 protesters in the intersection.
They have not made any arrests, or clashed with protesters. They are letting people out but not letting anyone in
5:05 a.m. Police march on camp
A couple hundred police in riot gear are trying to surround the camp. They are forming a line at least three officers deep at Broadway, across 14th Street. They have sealed off the crowd from the camp. Police haven't entered the camp yet.
4:45 a.m. Police closing in
Police in riot gear are very close to the encampment, next to the Rotunda building. The line of police are about 50 feet from the camp.
Most of the occupiers have left the encampment and moved to 14th street and Broadway.
There are about 50 or 75 people still in camp, but the majority are now waiting in the intersection.
The 12th Street BART station is closed, according to a BART advisory.
4:30 a.m. Police assembling downtown
There's a large contingent of Fremont police officers at 14th and Franklin streets. Broadway is being blocked off in both directions, keeping traffic away. Several Fremont police officers in riot gear are standing next to a Fremont PD SUV, and Hayward police also have a van here.
Protesters have announced several times through mic checks that these forces are moving on the camp, only to correct themselves a few moments later.
4:20 a.m. Many campers packing up
Although many tents are still standing, the camp has become a patchwork as protesters starting packing up.
At least 20 tents are coming down. One man who wouldn't give his name looked regretful as he packed up his things. "We are going to lose a lot of resources out here."
Lara Bitar, 28, was helping collapse three of the camp's four "intifada tents."
"It feels pretty sad because we built a community here, and now they can just come and destroy it," she said. "At the same time, this movement is about more than just the space here."
Bitar said the group, which is affiliated with the Palestinian Youth Movement and the Anti-Zionist Network, was putting the tents in storage to protect their belongings.
"We left one just as a statement," she said.
Other occupiers are moving their tents to a smaller camp at Snow Park, at 19th and Harrison streets.
Bitar, who works as a children's television producer, said that the raid and any police brutality would only encourage the protesters.
Many protesters have masks or have covered their faces covered in rags. The song being chanted by protesters in the street is: "We are Occupy;
We are never going to die; Everytime you kick us out; We are going to multiply."
Meanwhile, DeLauer's Super Newsstand is open and doing brisk business selling water, coffee and snacks to the protesters. At about 4 a.m., the first helicopter of the night flew over the camp.
3:45 a.m. Police assembling at Coliseum
Public safety officers are setting up a command post and are assembling at the Coliseum, KCBS is reporting.
Meanwhile, at the intersection of 14th and Broadway, Occupy Oakland camper Randy Peppers of Pt Richmond decided to be pragmatic and pull up stakes early. He was pushing a cart with his camping gear. His rationale is that he can't be arrested if he's mobile.
Peppers had been staying at the camp since it was reoccupied after the Oct. 25 raid.
"I can't reoccupy if they take my tent away."
3:40 a.m. Protesters are prepare for an imminent raid
About 500 people have spilled into the intersection of Broadway and 14th Street and are playing bucket drums and chanting.
The crowd is younger than usual, and some protesters are passing out vinegar-drenched rags for protection against tear gas.
Many campers are sitting in front of their tents waiting. About a dozen are praying in the camp's interfaith tent amid a half circle of candles.
Sunday, 11 p.m. General Assembly
At their nightly assembly on Sunday in the amphitheater at Frank Ogawa Plaza, speakers at Occupy Oakland warned of an imminent police raid but also went about their regular business.
They began with an indigenous prayer ceremony honoring the Ohlone people of the East Bay.
The camp later voted 215 to 8, with 11 abstentions, to declare the camp a sanctuary for "all immigrants with or without papers."
The occupiers found less consensus on their next item, a resolution to respect a "diversity of tactics" in the Occupy movement, part of a long-running debate within the camp on whether its members should publicly condemn protesters who use vandalism or violence. To publicly denounce certain protest tactics, said supporters of the measure, would help the media sow divisions in the movement.
"We're not going to include words like violence and nonviolence. Those are loaded words," said one speaker at Sunday's general assembly outside Oakland City Hall. Another speaker said she thought protest actions "should be decided by the people who participate in them."
Others in the camp strongly opposed that philosophy and wanted Occupy Oakland to more explicitly embrace nonviolence. They also said discouraging public opinions amounted to censorship or a "code of silence."
"Occupy Oakland needs to denounce violence, and it needs to do it strongly tonight," said one speaker. He didn't get his wish, as 60 percent of the assembly voted to honor the "diversity of tactics" approach.
When the nearly 4-hour meeting ended, and amid looming rumors of a raid, the occupiers launched an "emergency dance party" they called the Occupocalypse.