Demonstrators carry out Oakland strike as protests continue
Occupy protesters gather Wednesday in Oakland as they plan for a general strike.
November 2nd, 2011
07:59 PM ET

Demonstrators carry out Oakland strike as protests continue

Demonstrators in Oakland, California, appeared to carry out a successful strike of downtown businesses Wednesday, as most merchants and retailers shuttered their doors during a largely peaceful protest.

Unlike prior Occupy Wall Street-style protests in downtown Oakland, no uniformed police officers were visible during the demonstrations as of Wednesday afternoon. Oakland gained national attention during a recent clash between protesters and police, who fired tear gas upon the demonstrators after they allegedly threw objects at officers, police said.

About the only businesses active in downtown Oakland Wednesday were street vendors selling food.

The General Assembly of Occupy Oakland, a loosely defined governing body of the protesters - voted 1,484 to 46 last week to call the general strike, though it is unclear what the group's demands are.

"(W)e invite all students to walk out of school. Instead of workers going to work and students going to school, the people will converge on downtown Oakland to shut down the city," the group's manifesto read. "We liberate Oakland and shut down the 1%."

Protesters at Occupy demonstrations nationwide generally have rallied against what they describe as corporate greed while asserting that the nation's wealthiest 1% hold inordinate sway over the remaining 99% of the population.

Occupy Oakland's call to strike follows a crackdown on protesters October 25. Police unleashed tear gas, and Iraq war veteran Scott Olsen suffered a fractured skull after being struck in the head by what protesters say was a tear gas canister.

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  1. banasy©

    He can't demean what he doesn't know.
    He can only try, and fail, because he's frequently wrong, and he's acting out like an 8 year old would.
    If he regresses any further, he'll be a fetus again.

    November 3, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat2u

    Wow banasy, you're really on a roll tonite. I'm really seeing another side of you here, and you are cracking me up. Get down on it.

    November 3, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Hi, bobcat!
    I get tired of his crap.
    I've done nothing to warrant his latest round of baloney.
    I *do* take issue with his constant needling...
    I will admit that this is somewhat fun.
    Creampuff thinks he can just say any old thing and then gets offended when someone does it back.
    Delusional DoWrong has admitted to doing this for a very long other people...
    He'll post something trite now, like "notice how she focuses on *me* instead of..."
    What does he think *he's* doing?
    Oh, and remember you World Series party?
    Don't be surprised if he takes that for the solemn truth...

    Whoosh to the doosh!

    November 3, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat2u

    Yeah, I can see he's really been putting out the trash tonite. Why has he taken such and direct interest in you ? I mean I know he's a jerk but geeesh. But I'm proud to see you holding your own.

    November 4, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    I really don't know...I just wish that he would go back to the lala land he seems to inhabit inside of his own split-level head and leave me alone.
    He goes in cycles; he's fine, and then *something* sets him off and Rocket J Squirrel makes an appearance.
    Some people thrive on lies and delusional actions, and King TutGut is one of them...
    He's really funny, though, although I'll bet that's not the reaction he wants.

    November 4, 2011 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. Phelp McDougal

    And those “panties” quotes weren’t copy pasted from posts I made here on CNN. They were from one of my online “birthday parties” dummy. I usse a very unique username. I am a retarded 12 yr. old addicted to ritilin(prozac/ seroquel and have a little trouble building a genuine profile of myself…including my birth date and portrait. I have used the same unique username for years, not aware of how online thieves get personal information by simply researching bloggers who use ultra-unique s/n’s. I need a clue. I’m just trying to warn others about all sorts of thingsthat I take personal because it shows how ignorant I am concerning these matters. Is using the s/n iloveboys for years wise, or risky? According to online studies, it's the easiest way to give in to my desire for kids. I was born this way, and I need to get informed of my rights before they arrest me.

    November 4, 2011 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    …and that wasn’t me you were inviting to “party in your panties” either, and you know it. You throw parties for normal people. Anyone can google ‘iloveboys’ and see where I've been and what I've said. (the dangers of using an ultra-unique username for years) I emptied my Photobucket of my "boys"…and my Ebay sales are a joke.
    Guess no wants to bid on an experienced pedophile.
    What can I do besides drive 90 miles to work part-time as a janitor at the kindercare because I'm registered? Goto garage sales and ebay junk? Get some actual help for my visions? he he

    November 4, 2011 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  8. Phelp McDougal

    I lie Banasy. I said the best way to deal with honeybees is to stand still and smile while pouring honey all over me and letting my cat lick it off. I said that there is simply no natural defense mechanism for that which is not natural, so you'll never get rid of me. And again, I focus on you and thereby praise what US corporations did: made it possible for the Africanized killer bee to ever happen. I do this very same thing when you point out that is predominantly openly gay priests and Boy Scout volunteers to just stalk and raype boys, never girls, because you've felt sorry for me. Trying to make you look as ignorant as I will not change the truth. Now I need to go take my meds and kill some more of natures natural germs and prions sent by nature to clean-out that mess i have made of my own body…and keep those household chemicals down low where little Philly can get exposed to 4 times more of what causes disease than I do...poison for my own self-gratification so I can always say the devil made me do it.(google ‘truth about myself/iloveboys’ for dozens of citations)

    November 4, 2011 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
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