Occupy Oakland Tussles Over Vacant Lot

But police kick them out again

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 23, 2011 1:30 AM CST

(Newser) – Occupy Oakland protesters are having trouble staying in one place. Kicked out of their original encampment, they moved to a vacant lot that's in foreclosure this week. Now police have driven most of the Occupiers off that space, too, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Some 200 protesters took over the lot over the course of the day yesterday; several said that the owner had given them permission to do so, but she says that wasn’t the case.

“We thought the owner wanted us here, but I think maybe she didn't know what she was getting into and changed her mind,” noted one protester. But even after most protesters left, about 50 returned. Some said they aimed to hold their ground. The owner, Gloria Cobb—whose brother is an activist who publishes the Oakland Post—received a default notice this summer. The property will revert to Wells Fargo if she doesn’t cover her loan by mid-December. As for the protesters, "They're just moving from spot to spot, and they're not accomplishing much," said a bus driver.

Police officers evict Occupy Oakland protesters from their camp in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011. The previous night, protesters tore down a fence surrounding a vacant lot to establish the 20 tent encampment.
Police officers evict Occupy Oakland protesters from their camp in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011. The previous night, protesters tore down a fence surrounding a vacant lot to establish the...   (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 22:  An Occupy Oakland protestor holds a sign in front of a new encampment at a foreclosed property on November 22, 2011 in Oakland, California. About a dozen Occupy Oakland protestors set up an encampment on the grassy area of a foreclosed property after Oakland police...
OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 22: An Occupy Oakland protestor holds a sign in front of a new encampment at a foreclosed property on November 22, 2011 in Oakland, California. About a dozen Occupy Oakland protestors...   (Getty Images)
Occupy Oakland protester Melvin Kelley carries a tent away from approaching police officers during a raid on an Oakland, Calif., encampment on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011.The previous night, protesters tore down a fence surrounding a vacant lot to establish the 20 tent camp.
Occupy Oakland protester Melvin Kelley carries a tent away from approaching police officers during a raid on an Oakland, Calif., encampment on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011.The previous night, protesters tore...   (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
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