Oakland cleans up after hundreds arrested in weekend Occupy protests 

click to enlarge Defacing downtown: Occupy protesters burn an American flag during a protest on the steps of Oakland’s City Hall on Saturday. Some broke in and damaged the venue. - BECK DIEFENBACH/AP
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  • Defacing downtown: Occupy protesters burn an American flag during a protest on the steps of Oakland’s City Hall on Saturday. Some broke in and damaged the venue.

OAKLAND — Crews cleaned up historic City Hall on Sunday from damage inflicted overnight during violent anti-Wall Street protests that resulted in about 400 arrests, marking one of the largest mass arrests since nationwide protests began last year.

Oakland police and city officials said Sunday they still had no final number for arrests in the clashes. Earlier in the day, the city’s emergency operations office had put the figure at around 400.

The skirmishes left three officers and at least one demonstrator injured. Two of the injured police officers were fit for duty Sunday. A third officer was off work after he was struck by a bicycle hurled by a protester and received a deep cut to the chin, police said.

Mayor Jean Quan also called on the loosely organized movement to “stop using Oakland as its playground,” according to The Associated Press.

“People in the community and people in the Occupy movement have to stop making excuses for this behavior,” she said, according to the AP.

Some protesters broke into City Hall and slightly damaged some contents, according to a timeline of the clashes released by Oakland police on Sunday.

Police said a group of protesters burned an American flag in front of City Hall, then entered the building and destroyed a vending machine, light fixtures and a historic scale model of City Hall. The city’s 911 emergency system was overwhelmed during the disturbances.


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