Oakland City Hall Revokes Occupy Oakland Teepee Permit

According to the latest missive from Oakland City Hall, Interim Police Chief Howard Jordan has rescinded the temporary encroachment permit that the City Administrator’s office issued to activist and veterans’ rights attorney Becca von Behren for a teepee and vigil in honor of Occupy Oakland. The permit, which was issued on November 29, allowed for a symbolic demonstration at Frank Ogawa Plaza as a small concession to protesters about a month after their camp was razed. Though it looked like an olive branch, the gesture also came with several conditions attached, including that the teepee be taken down at 10 p.m. each night and not used for long-term personal storage. Today, city administrators declared the teepee and concomitant Occupy Oakland vigil unlawful, since people had been camping and distributing food there without health permits. On Friday, December 30, thirteen people were arrested near the plaza, with charges ranging from battery of an officer to “urging a riot.”

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