Occupy Oakland kept it rather mellow last night in Oakland as it commemorated the anniversary of its eviction from Frank Ogawa Plaza with a march followed by a slideshow(?).
Although several banks boarded up their windows, preparing for another round of vandalism, protesters didn't smash or trash anything along their route through downtown. In fact, the march was eerily peaceful in comparison to past Occupy Oakland shindigs which devolved into assaults and tear gas.
Oakland's occupiers have gained a bad rap after protesters wreaked havoc on downtown, breaking business windows and spray-painting store fronts. Oakland cops haven't exactly cultivated a reputation for peace- keeping either. The Oakland Police Department is now being threatened by a federal takeover, stemming from a 2000 police misconduct lawsuit known as the Riders Case.
Needless to say, both police and protesters were on their best behavior last night -- only two arrests were made -- and there was no sign of Black Bloc protesters.
Police say 25-year-old Alexander Loutsis was arrested after allegedly lobbing a rock at officers during the march. The second person arrested has not yet been identified, but police say that person was arrested on suspicion of "delaying or preventing an officer in the performance of duties."
Occupiers had vowed to storm Frank Ogawa Plaza and once again erect a campsite like the good ol' days, no tents were pitched and everyone left around midnight, allowing the denizens of downtown to get some sleep for a change.