Occupy Oakland and The Mayor's Office Prepare for General Strike on Wednesday
The medical supplies and other items were confiscated on last Tuesday evening as the clash between the protesters and police units turned nightmarish, especially for Scott Olsen, a two tour Marine Veteran from the Iraq War who was marching with demonstrators. Olsen received a severe head wound from a projectile fired off by the police or another group marshaled against the protesters. The inquiry into "what happened" is ongoing. But this fact is clear: Olsen's skull was fractured and the injury landed him in the hospital's ICU in critical condition. A few days later Olsen was upgraded from critical condition to fair, but there appear to be complications, as is to be expected with any severe concussion.
By Wednesday evening, to honor Olsen and respond to the city of Oakland's perceived callousness to the protesters during and after the chaotic events of October 25th, Occupy Oakland declared that it would hold a general strike of the city on Wednesday, November 2nd. That declaration has risen to an urgent call to workers and students to stay home in a symbolic gesture of support for the Occupy movement. (See the proposal for the strike passed by their general assembly.)
Movement organizers and the city are gearing up for this Wednesday, the only question being the fate of the two bags of confiscated medical supplies that Oakland Mayor Jean Quan's spokeswoman, Sue Piper said will be returned early today. The confusion regarding the supplies came from a bogus threat issued from an anonymous, trouble-making source that said the medical unit would march on the Mayor's office unless 15 boxes of medical supplies were returned. When notified of the threat, the Occupy Oakland medical unit responded in a press release,
"Volunteers that have been organizing the first aid area at Oscar Grant/Frank Ogawa Plaza do not endorse the press release leaked on Sunday, October 30th. This was issued by someone not affiliated with our group and we cannot speak to the origin of this release. Medics do hold the City of Oakland responsible for seizing their supplies in the October 25th raid, but do not intend to occupy Mayor Jean Quan's office." (Mercury News)Continued on the next page
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