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Tensions Rise Between Police and Occupy ProtestersSalem-News.com
Police brutality at Occupy Oakland...
(OAKLAND, Calif.) - Things appear to be turning ugly between police and Occupy protesters in the US. The movement has staged protests across the country over the past few months, to highlight, amongst other things, corporate greed and economic inequality.
This weekend, riot police descended on Occupy camps, in cities including Oakland, Washington and New York. Saying they were tasked with restoring order to city centers and putting an end to the protest movement that began back in September.
Police were deployed en masse throughout the weekend in cities where the Occupy protests have been the largest and most vocal. There are various pieces of amateur video footage circulating online, showing security forces arresting hundreds of people, sending out a strong message to protesters.
As police officers moved in to break up tent cities, clashes with protesters turned violent at times, there were even pitched battles. As we can see here in Oakland, demonstrators threw stones and other objects at riot police who responded by firing tear gas.
These pictures illustrate the particularly tense climate in several cities across the US, and the situation could well get worse. Occupy activists accuse the police of excessive use of force against protesters. This video shows a man being stunned with a Taser as he was arrested in Washington; despite the fact three police officers were on hand to hold him down if necessary. Demonstrators say this arrest illustrates how riot police are resorting to violence on a far too frequent basis.
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