New video footage proves once again that violence began during, not after, the main “general strike” protest conducted by Occupy Oakland on Nov. 2.
Masked activists, marching with the main parade, begin smashing windows as the Occupy chants (“Banks got bailed out, we got sold out”) are heard in the background.
A Whole Foods store is vandalized by some activists while other activists attempt to intervene and stop them, and are outnumbered. The same later happens at a Bank of America location, as an organizer shouts through a bullhorn: “People being thrown out on the street is violent. This pales in comparison–these windows will be fixed tomorrow, and they know it!”
Mayor Jean Quan and the mainstream media have described the protests as “mostly peaceful,” and have claimed that the violence began following the march.