CNN PRODUCER NOTE dinalee shot these photos of Occupy Oakland protesters and vandalism inside Oakland City Hall on January 28, 2012. She says: 'It was wild inside Oakland's City Hall. That place got [torn] up. Windows smashed, displays thrown around and several M80's (fireworks) were set-off inside.'
She explains: 'It is scary, but empowering to be so close to the action. I was scared several times last night, but I stuck with it.[...] I am pretty much respected when I am on scene in Oakland, by both police and protesters.' Although she considers herself 'a 99'er,' she says she tries not to participate directly in the protests.
- elchueco, CNN iReport producer
On Friday January 28th Occupy Oakland held an event called Move In Day. The original plan was to march to a building, who's locale was never published, and occupy it. However their plans were thwarted by heavy police presence, so they regrouped at Frank Ogawa plaza aka Oscar Grant plaza. After several "mic checks" plans were once again made, so they took to the streets. Marching through Oakland the protesters were always followed by the police until Oakland PD made the decision to trap them on a street and arrest as many of them as possible. At least 150 were then arrested. I narrowly escaped arrest because the employee's of the local YMCA allowed us to enter the building and escape through the back door. Occupy Oaklanders were constantly followed by the police. Teargas, smoke bombs and flash bangs were set-off constantly. At least 200 Occupy Oaklanders managed to escape the arrest pen, and they once again regrouped at Frank Ogawa plaza. But instantly they all realized the doors to Oakland City Hall were left open. So they entered it, and it got messed up bad. There was no security at the doors of City Hall. An American flag was set on fire in front of Oakland City Hall. There had been several injuries during the actions, and at least 300 total have been arrested. Oakland City officials are going on the record stating the protests are hurting them financially. And the 99'ers say FIX THE ECONOMY, and HELP THE POOR. More actions are planned. I reported this action via updates on my Facebook profile. https://www.facebook.com/dinaboyer