Police scuffle with protesters in Oakland march

By REUTERS
October 26, 2011 06:34
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OAKLAND, Calif - Police and protesters scuffled in Oakland on Tuesday as more than 1,0

00 people marched on city hall to voice anger over scores of arrests at an "Occupy Wall Street" camp.

The march was largely peaceful, although police at one point surrounded a group of demonstrators on a downtown street, taking several into custody before setting off what appeared to be a stun grenade to disperse the throng.

Protest leaders said the march was aimed at reclaiming Frank Ogawa Plaza, which had served as a base for two weeks of protests against economic inequality in the city across the bay from San Francisco until police cleared it before dawn firing beanbags and using tear gas.

There were no reports of injuries but least 85 people were arrested on charges of camping or assembling without a permit in the plaza.

The area remained cordoned off with metal barricades and guarded by police for the remainder of the day, though Oakland city spokeswoman Karen Boyd said that, once cleaned, it would be reopened to allow daytime demonstrations.

About 350 people were in the plaza when police began to clear the area, Boyd said, confirming that officers used beanbags and gas.

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