The Pro-Occupy Associated Press reported this (even they can no longer avoid reporting this thuggish violent behavior). [During the rise of the TEA (Tax Enough Already) Party, they, along with the rest of the Jurassic Press, reported that the TEA Party gatherings were violent.
Police used tear gas and “flash” grenades Saturday to break up hundreds of Occupy protesters after some demonstrators started throwing rocks and flares at officers and tearing down fencing.Below are some typical TEA Party Protests. 0 Arrests, 0 Deaths, 0 Rapes, 0 Murders
Three officers were hurt and 19 people were arrested, the Oakland Police Department said in a release. No details on the officers’ injuries were released.
Police said the group started assembling at a downtown plaza Saturday morning, with demonstrators threatening to take over the vacant
. The group then marched through the streets, disrupting traffic. Henry Kaiser Convention Center
The crowd grew as the day wore on, with afternoon estimates ranging from about 1,000 to 2,000 people.
The protesters walked to the vacant convention center, where some started tearing down perimeter fencing and “destroying construction equipment,” the release said.
Police said they issued a dispersal order and used smoke and tear gas after some protesters pelted them with bottles, rocks, burning flares and other objects.
… Most of the arrests were made when protesters ignored orders to leave and assaulted officers, the release said. An hour later, the bulk of the crowd had left the convention center and headed back downtown.
The demonstration comes after Occupy protesters said earlier this week that they planned to move into a vacant building and turn it into a social center and political hub. They also threatened to try to shut down the port, occupy the airport and take over City Hall.
In a statement Friday, Oakland City Administrator Deanna Santana said the city would not be “bullied by threats of violence or illegal activity.”
officials said Friday that since the Occupy Oakland encampment was first established in late October, police have arrested about 300 people. Oakland