Steven E.F. Brown
October 25, 2011
San Francisco Business Times
After Oakland police officers made arrests and cleared protesters out of two spots downtown early Tuesday morning, some “ghosts” of the rowdy populist sit ins remained on nearby sidewalks.
Over the last two weeks, protesters drew and wrote slogans like “Currency causes chaos” on sidewalks, often within the chalk outlines of parking meters, sawhorses and street signs.
Several helicopters with stabbing spotlights circled the downtown shore of Lake Merritt in Tuesday morning darkness as Oakland’s police moved against crowds at City Hall and also at Snow Park, a small lakeside patch of sward usually frequented by geese and golfers (it has a putting green).
News reports later in the day said officers put up metal barriers around Frank Ogawa Plaza, in front of City Hall, and blocked some downtown streets to hinder protesters trying to reform the crowds.
“Time is on our side,” one sidewalk graffito said. But only time will tell if that’s true.