Occupy Oakland demonstrators took to the streets again Saturday night, marching in an anti-police protest following violent clashes with cops the week before.
About 70 protesters began their march toward police headquarters around 9 p.m, burning an American flag as they set out, the Associated Press reported. Officers followed, mostly keeping their distance, as demonstrators waved signs and chanted, “End the war in Oakland” and “No justice, no peace,” according to the Oakland Tribune. At one point in the march’s livestream, protesters could also be heard chanting “F–k the police.”
Television stations reported that at one point some protesters threw a bottle of urine at one station’s truck and a wooden board at another, according to the AP.
Still, Saturday’s protest was relatively calm compared to the week prior, with only some minor vandalism and a handful of arrests. No other violence was reported, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
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CNN reported there had been calls for “militant action” against authorities in the wake of the previous week’s clashes, in which protesters threw bottles and pipes at police, who responded with tear gas and smoke grenades. More than 400 people were arrested.
In one message on the Occupy Oakland website, protesters who “identify as peaceful” were warned not to attend Saturday’s march.
“It is a militant action. It attracts anti-capitalists, anti-fascists and other comrades of a revolutionary bent. It is not a march intended for people who are not fully comfortable with diversity of tactics,” the message read.
Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan had warned a repeat incident would not be tolerated.
As the relatively peaceful protest wound down, Chris Moreland, one of the march’s leaders, told the Associated Press he thought it “went well.”
“As long as we don’t destroy anything, the police don’t care,” Moreland, 23, said. “It’s a win-win situation for everybody….We get our message across and they [police] get paid.”