Last night was a much calmer one in Oakland, as protesters regrouped after Tuesday’s violent clash with police, which left an Iraq veteran in critical condition. Officers pulled down the barricades near City Hall in order to allow demonstrations until 10pm, while Mayor Jean Quan said that peaceful protests would result in “a minimum police presence.” Officers did in fact dramatically reduce their presence, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Hundreds of protesters returned to the area and voted to hold a general strike in the city this Wednesday. Only one tent had been pitched by 10pm. Meanwhile, 1,000 protesters marched through Oakland after being prevented from entering BART trains. Some, who were able to board BART, headed toward San Francisco, where a police raid on another encampment was expected. Despite the peaceful night, a rift is emerging between protesters urging nonviolence and those who insist, as one says, that “nothing changes until s*** gets torn down.” (Read more Occupy Wall Street stories.)