Occupy Oakland worry about wounded veteran hurt in clashes (photos, video)
Oakland, Calif. — Top news here in San Francisco is on the Occupy Oakland protest situation. Oakland is just across the Bay from San Francisco.
On Wednesday, the Twitter feed, @occupyoakland, instructed its followers to go back to the plaza in front of Oakland City Hall. The feed said that the protesters would “not be moved.”
City of Oakland officials had issued a warning last Friday saying that people would no longer be allowed to camp in the plaza outside of City Hall. However, a free speech zone has been declared between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., reports ABC Local news in San Francisco.
The result of all this was that last night protesters marched through the streets of Oakland just a day after one of the protesters was taken to Highland Hospital in Oakland with a fractured skull.
The accident happened as a result of clashes with the police. It is unknown who threw the object that hit the veteran or what that object was.
The group Occupy Oakland marched around police barricades but the incident with the 24-year old Marine veteran, Scott Olsen, whose skull was fractured, has given cause for concern among anti Wall Street protesters.
The group Iraq Veterans Against the War has told KTVU News that the object that hit Olsen was thrown by police.
At a news conference, Howard Johnson, the Chief of Police, told reporters that “The events leading up to Olsen’s injury would be investigated as vigorously as a fatal police shooting.”
“It’s unfortunate it happened. I wish that it didn’t happen. Our goal, obviously, isn’t to cause injury to anyone,” said Johnson.
According to KTVU News in San Francisco, another incident could have arisen when some protesters broke through a fence that had blocked the protesters from using a grassy area.
The perimeter was breached but other protesters put the fence back where it belonged and the group marched along nearby streets instead.
It appeared there were no arrests nor signs of confrontation, says KTVU News. Some officers followed the group as it marched for around an hour and then peacefully dispersed.
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Follow Sheila on Twitter (@Sheilamba) Sources: ABC and KTVU News