Occupy Wall Street: Oakland Takes Center Stage

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The Occupy Oakland protesters set a fire on trash to make a barricade as police officers form a line to disperse the protesters in Oakland, California. (PHOTO: KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/Getty Images)

The port of Oakland is more-or-less back in business today after thousands of Occupy Wall Street protesters succeeded in shutting it down overnight. (Wow.) The largely peaceful demonstration turned nasty after midnight, though, when Occupiers and police clashed, with protesters throwing fireworks and rocks (police say), and cops bringing the tear gas. A number of protesters landed in hospital. [CNN]

In other OWS coverage

• The New Yorker's Hendrik Hertzberg warns that, if protesters continue occupying public spaces without developing the movement into something more, it will "will surely turn sour, and so will the public’s view of it." [The New Yorker]

• A new Quinnipiac poll suggests that the public is souring on the Occupy Wall Street movement, with 39 percent of those surveyed holding a negative view of the protests. [National Journal]

• But a CNN poll shows public support for OWS on the rise. Significantly, this comes as more people say they're paying attention. [CNN]

• Occupy DC protesters will demonstrate at a conference this weekend sponsored by the Koch-funded conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity. [Center for Responsive Politics]

• Hey, and don't miss the Occupy Wall Street Coloring Book, out today. [NOLA.com]

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