OAKLAND — A clash between police and protesters Saturday night ended with six protesters arrested, windows broken in a Starbucks coffee shop and a handful of police cars, and Occupy Oakland organizers promising more action opposed to police violence.
A crowd estimated at between 200 and 300 people began marching around 8 p.m. at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, which has served as a rallying point and occasional camping ground for Occupy protesters.
Occupy organizers said it was mostly a peaceful crowd with a small number of agitators causing trouble, while Oakland Police Department spokeswoman Officer Johnna Watson said it was “mainly the more hard-core agitators” and “the most hostile, aggressive crowd, not like we’ve seen with the Occupy group.”
A flier promoting the march had named the event, “March Against Repression: (Expletive) OPD.” As protesters made their way through downtown Oakland, some allegedly broke police squad car windows as well as those of a Starbucks coffee shop. Watson said the tires of a news van were slashed and that several glass bottles were thrown at police officers. [...]
Protesters were arrested on suspicion of assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and possession of explosives. Police said one person had a device that was the equivalent of a quarter stick of dynamite — not an M-80 firecracker, Watson said, but a 6-inch-long explosive.