January 30th, 2012
02:46 AM ET

Occupy Oakland demonstrations, arrests inject new life into movement

Oakland City Hall was set to reopen Monday after municipal employees worked to clean up damage they said was caused over the weekend by Occupy protesters, about 400 of whom were arrested following clashes with police in this Northern California city.

The mass arrests, described by police as the largest in city history, appear to have injected new life into the Occupy movement as protesters in a number of American and European cities took to the streets Sunday to express their solidarity with the Occupy Oakland group.

"The Occupy movement will respond, as we have always responded: With an overwhelming show of collective resistance," Occupy Wall Street said in a statement posted on its website.

Occupy Oakland is part of a larger movement that began last year on New York's Wall Street and quickly spread across the globe. While the protesters have highlighted a number of causes, the overarching theme remained the same: populist anger over what activists portray as an out-of-touch corporate, financial and political elite.

From Philadelphia to Des Moines, there were reports of Occupy protesters taking to the streets in mostly non-violent demonstrations.

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  1. chrissy

    Sounds to me like you have no idea what you are! One thing im sure of the mess youre in you wont be happy no matter what and you just want to spread that misery around to the rest of us. KEEP IT!

    January 30, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. hamsta

    @chrissy sounds like we have one thing in common.but just to clarify something someone else said anarchist doesnt mean white supremacist or skinhead it means what you just said.i would do better without a government and i know this to be true because i survived katrina.anarchy means no government.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    You sure are stuck in your own little world arent you? I would call you stubborn but that would be an insult to mules! I wonder how youre gonna feel when it comes time for you to retire and all that money youve paid all these years in FICA aint there?

    January 30, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    I imagine you might feel a little foolish that you didnt join these protestors who are fighting a battle for hard working people that are getting ripped off by the very people who are sposed to be protecting them. The people that dont pay into FICA!

    January 30, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Greek American

    @hamsta
    Thank you for continuously proving how un-educated and useless some people are as far as being so-called "American" and spouting their opinions on countries they have no idea about (Greece), because they have never lived there, nor have you ever probably left the borders of whatever hick city you have lived in your whole life.
    Greece is Socialist you idiot, but so are other countries in Europe such as Sweden and Finland where they are consistently rated as the best places to live in the world!!!! Quit talking about Greece and Socialism you idiot because you don't know what its like to live there. If you did, then you would move there immediately!!!
    I love the United States and was born here, but I am educated enough to know that Socialism is not necessarily a bad thing and that what has caused ALL the problems in Greece is their GOVERNMENT officials robbing them blind!!! I know because I have a home and family there. Quit listening to the stupid crap GWB and your buddy Cheney say about the rest of the world. They are just as stupid and inbred as many of the people in the other countries in which they want to bomb and take over. Don't be so naïve!!! Hmmm sounds like a Socialist to me!!!

    January 30, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
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