When the Occupy Wall Street campaign reached Oakland, California, scores of arrests were made at the protester’s camp. Now more than 1000 people have marched on the city hall to demand their release.
Stun and tear gas grenades were fired at the crowd and several more arrests were made. The police have been criticised for their rough handling of some demonstrators.
The Occupy Wall Street camp had been set up for the past two weeks in the Frank Ogawa plaza, but authorities said it was unsafe and unsanitary, and cleared the camp on Tuesday.
While protests have been mostly small they have been as widespread as any recent American political movement, with many cities dealing with crowds angry at persistent high unemployment, worsening economic equality, and government bailouts of big banks.