Rallying to the call to “Liberate Oakland, Shut Down the 1%,” Occupy Oakland has called for a general strike and a “mass day of action” for November 2, 2011.
In response to a violent and widespread police action against Occupy Oakland protesters on Tuesday night, according to the Occupy Oakland website, a proposal for a general strike was “passed by the Occupy Oakland General Assembly on Wednesday October 26, 2011 in reclaimed Oscar Grant Plaza. 1607 people voted. 1484 voted in favor of the resolution, 77 abstained and 46 voted against it, passing the proposal at 96.9%.”
The Tuesday night police attempt to clear Occupy Oakland protesters from Oscar Grant Plaza resulted in numerous arrests and a number of injuries to protesters. Some of these events were recorded and put onto Youtube, including one instance where Oakland area police and sheriff’s deputies appear to toss a flashbang grenade onto injured protesters.
The video images of the police action Tuesday night have been widely denounced in the media, many critics calling the effort by Oakland authorities to disperse the protesters a “police riot.”