Occupy Movement News Update of the Day: Several thousand protesters — including hundreds of teachers — took to the streets of Oakland today, answering Occupy Oakland’s call for a general strike — the city’s first since 1946. Several businesses, including Men’s Wearhouse (above), closed their doors in solidarity.
Some cynics, however, suggested their real reason for closing was most likely a concern for property — and they could be right. At least five business, including a Wells Fargo branch, a Bank of America, and a Whole Foods store, had their windows smashed or spray-painted by protesters.
No arrests or injuries were reported.
On Twitter, Mayor Jean Quan made note of Oakland PD’s now-infamous raid on Occupy Oakland, tweeting that she was “working w/ OPD chief to ensure general strikers get message across w/o conflict that marred last week’s events.” She added: “It’s my hope that the general strike is peaceful and places the issues of the 99% front and center.”
Occupy Oakland protesters are currently blocking the city’s port in hopes of shutting it down. Unconfirmed reports estimate the number of participants has swelled by several thousand since this morning.