On Saturday, after weeks of occasional weekend marches, protestors started a peaceful rally at Oakland, California’s City Hall. A few hours later, the peaceful rally turned into bottle and rock throwing by protestors, showers of tear gas from police, and a break-in at City Hall, which left glass cases smashed, graffiti spray-painted on walls, and an American flag burned.
One protester and three officers were injured. Police made over 400 arrests on charges that ranged from failure to disperse to vandalism. Mayor Jean Quan requested a court order to keep Occupy protestors who have been arrested numerous times out of the city. The demonstrations have cost the city around $5 million. “People in the community and people in the Occupy movement have to stop making excuses for this behavior,” Quan said, “stop using Oakland as its playground.”