Clashes as police destroy "Occupy Auckland" camp

Clashes as police destroy "Occupy Auckland" camp
Dozens of police officers in riot control mechanism, and hundreds of protesters in support of the Borrow Wall Street movement is engaged in a game of cat and mouse in downtown Auckland on Tuesday, with authorities using tear gas to respond to repeated waves of protesters.

The last such shooting went around 10:30 PDT, as some protesters began throwing bottles into the crowd, which was reconvened in front of City Hall, where the chemical haze of smoke still hung in the air after a similar collision about an hour earlier just blocks away. The police dispersed the crowd briefly moved back to the city center, where he worked on Wall Street camp was dismantled in the early afternoon.

Helicopters scanned the area Tuesday night and dozens of officers wearing helmets and carrying clubs patrolled the streets, protesters gathered just a few meters.

The authorities deny reports that they used a flash bang canisters to help beat the crowd, saying, loud noises came from the big fireworks thrown at police on the protesters.

Day clashes

Oakland City Hall was the site of conflict during the day. The government used the pre-dawn raid to dismantle Borrow Wall Street camp, which took on the square outside the headquarters of the government for more than two weeks. Police removed about 170 demonstrators who had to stay in the night, after repeatedly warning that such camps was illegal, and they threatened to arrest remaining. City officials said 97 people were arrested on the morning of the raid.

Less than one hour, 2-week-old miniature makeshift city was in ruins. Scattered through the area in front of City Hall were canceled tents, pillows, sleeping bags, mats yoga, canvas, bags, food wrappers and water bottles. Signs condemning corporations and the police still hanging lamp posts or lay on the ground.

Later on Tuesday, hundreds of protesters gathered in the library and marched through downtown Oakland. They were met by police officers in riot gear, as well as several small fights broke out.

The protesters eventually made his way back to city hall for a game of cat and mouse, as dusk approached. Later, the police threw flash bang canisters and fired more tear gas, as the crowd dispersed on the street.

"It's very, very hard and I think the police are trying to walk a fine line, but I do not think they're going to back down and neither are the demonstrators," said Cat Brooks, an organizer. "We have to move. Bye."

Acting Police Chief Howard Jordan told reporters at a press conference later in the evening that the authorities had no choice, saying that the protesters threw stones and bottles at officers.

"We had to deploy the gas to stop the crowd" he said, according to the report, KCBS.

City officials say the two officers were injured. At least five protesters were arrested and several injured in clashes in the evening.

The protesters were not sleeping at night on Monday, waiting for the expected raid. Officers and members of the sheriff from all over the San Francisco Bay area surrounded by an area about 5 am Tuesday and closed in. Eighty-five people were arrested, mostly on suspicion of misdemeanor unlawful assembly and illegal camping, police said.

By noon, city workers began to collect garbage. Someone can be held for the protesters to return, and the rest will be thrown out, the city says.

Auckland site was one of the many camps that sprung up around the country as protesters rally against what they see as corporate greed and a host of other economic issues. The protests have attracted a wide range of people including students looking for a job and homeless.

In Oakland, tensions between the city and protesters escalated last week, officials complained that they call the deteriorating security, sanitation and health at the site.

City officials had initially supported the protesters, the mayor of Oakland, Jean Quan said that sometimes "democracy is messy."

But the city was later warned the protesters that they are breaking the law and could not remain in camp for the night. They cited concerns about rats, fire, public urination and acts of violence on the site, which has grown to more than 150 tents and included health care, child care and cooking.

"Many Oaklanders support of the objectives of the national movement Borrow Wall Street," Quan said in a statement Tuesday. "But for the past week it became apparent that neither the demonstrators nor the city can maintain a safe or sanitary conditions or checking the current vandalism."

There were reports of sexual assault and beating, and fire and paramedics were denied access to the camp, according to city officials, who said that they also received numerous complaints of intimidation and threatening behavior.

Protesters disputed claims of the conditions in the camp. They said that the protest was dominated by the spirit of cooperation that has helped keep the site clean and resolve disputes should be settled peacefully.

Lauren Richardson, a 24-year-old student from Oakland, complained that the disheveled state of the camp following a police raid gave a false impression. She said volunteers collected trash and recycling every six hours, the water is boiled before use to wash the dishes and that rats infected with the park before the camp went up.

"It was very cool. He was very organized," Richardson said.

Volunteers in the medical tent erected on the site said the paramedics were not kept away.

On Thursday, the city ordered the protesters to make, although they did not put a period. The protesters said the number of people in the camp has steadily declined from the city posted the letter, and those who stayed realized they are likely to face confrontation with the police.

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