Occupy Berkeley Campers Hold Ground

Police clash with lingering protesters after others left peacefully.

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    NEWSLETTERS

    The overnight hours were tense to say the least at Occupy Berkeley. (Published Thursday, Dec 22, 2011)

    A group of about 20 Occupy Berkeley protesters clashed with police Thursday morning after refusing to leave their camp by the Wednesday deadline.

    Video from the scene shows protesters and police engaged in a shoving match. Protesters shouted as officers used batons to push them back. There were no arrests.

    Police told protesters to leave Civic Center Park by 10 p.m. Wednesday night. Most left peacefully, but some stayed through the night.

    An Occupy videographer known as OakFoSho who has been at the encampment throughout the night said police took down a handful of tents in three separate "hit-and-run" raids since 6 p.m.

    Just after 2 a.m. one protester, who others called "Bo," exited the police station down the block from the park and said he had been cited for obstruction of justice and his camera was taken away as evidence.

    He had suffered a chin injury after after allegedly being "hit in the face" by police. Volunteers bandaged his chin outside the police station.

    The notice protesters were served, which is dated Dec. 20, 2011, says that Civic Center Park, where the camp has existed largely unchallenged for the past two months, is closed at 10 p.m. and that those persons in the park when it is closed will be subject to arrest.

    "Starting December 21, 2011, anyone found camping in this park will be required to remove their tent and other property being used for lodging here," the notice reads.

    Anyone who fails to remove his or her property used for lodging will also be subject to arrest, the notice reads.

    Bay City News contributed to this report.