After a day-long “general strike” in Oakland, which lasted well into early Thursday morning, Occupy Oakland protestors have removed barricades at the port of Oakland entrance. On Wednesday, a crowd of more than 3,000 people marched to the port of Oakland.
Protesters erected fences and blocked the main entrances, making it impossible for any trucks to enter the port. The strike was peaceful for the most part, but several businesses—Chase, Wells Fargo and Whole Foods Grocery—were vandalized by masked marchers dressed in all black. Members of Occupy Oakland denounced the vandalism, with some trying to stop the destructive actions.
The protest continued Wednesday night as people marched up Broadway Ave., and some protesters temporarily took over over a vacant building on 16th Street. Some started fires and used homemade pipe bombs to fire M80s. Two people were injured after being hit by a car. The protests, which lasted through early Thursday morning, reportedly included 30-40 arrests by Oakland police.
The city streets that were the site of the protests are reportedly littered with debris and graffiti after a long day and night of protestors clashing with police.