Occupy Wall Street may have started out as a global movement but, in the last few months, as numerous encampments became embroiled in turf wars that were more and more local in nature, it began to look as if some of the movement’s more agglutinating issues were getting diluted.
1. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan says the midnight raid on that city’s Occupy camp may have been coordinated with as many as 18 mayors from other cities with Occupy camps.2. Occupy Oakland raided, protesters back, but no camping.3. ACLU sues Oakland police to stop violence against protesters.4.
According to various news outlets in the area, Occupy Oakland -- in the midst of its one-day general strike to close down the city of Oakland -- is currently between 5,000 and 7,000 strong, heading down Broadway downtown, making pit stops at banks which haven’t closed.
The weekend brought confrontations with police in Denver, Portland and a handful of Texas cities -- even a face-off between Chicago police and law enforcement at the Thomson Center -- but nothing as devastating as last week’s full-on riot in Oakland, which has now become the epicenter of the O