Three people identified by police as Occupy Oakland protesters were charged Friday with robbery and hate crimes for allegedly battering a woman and stealing her wallet Feb. 22.

Oakland police said the woman was walking in the 4000 block of Piedmont Avenue around 6 p.m. last Wednesday when she heard a small group of Occupy Oakland protesters "calling for a riot."

"The victim, who has been a resident of the area for over 20 years, suggested to the protesters not to riot in her neighborhood," police said in a written statement. "She was surrounded by three protesters and battered as they yelled vulgar epithets regarding their perception of her sexual orientation.
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The irony abounds. Protesting robbery by big banks and robbing a woman.