Five injured, 80 nabbed in Oakland rallies
US: Anti-corporatism demonstrations turn violent in the western US
city of Oakland in the state of California, injuring five protesters and
leading to more than 80 arrests.
Violence broke out on Thursday after the police started to attack the
nearly-20,000-strong protesters, using tear gas canisters and beanbags,
said the City Administrator's Office.
Three police officers were also wounded in the violence, AFP
reported. The protests have been bubbling up for the past two days in
support of a citywide call for strike action made by organizers on
Hundreds of teachers and nurses acknowledged the call on Thursday and
joined the rallies.
The Oakland protests are being held in support of the nationwide
'Occupy Wall Street' movement, which evolved on September 17 in protest
at 'corporate greed' and high-level corruption.
The rallies gained momentum in Oakland after security forces hit
Scott Olsen, a former US Marine and an Iraq war veteran, with a tear gas
canister, giving him a fractured skull and causing him to be