Thursday Must Read: Occupy Oakland Strike Turns from Peaceful to Chaotic; City Council to Take Up Occupy Resolution Tonight

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. A massive, daylong, mostly peaceful Occupy Oakland General Strike descended into chaos after midnight when hordes of anarchic protesters clashed with police, the Chron and Trib report. Throughout the day, thousands of peaceful demonstrators had kept the small group of anarchists bent on violence in check, but then after most of the protesters went home, the group of masked vandals began setting fires, launching firecrackers and rocks at police, smashing windows, and spray-painting downtown businesses with graffiti. Oakland police responded by firing teargas and making mass arrests. It was an unfortunate, ugly finish to what had been a mostly successful and massive, peaceful demonstration.

2. The Oakland City Council tonight plans to take up a resolution in support of the Occupy Oakland encampment in front of City Hall, the Chron reports. Yesterday, it seemed clear that a council majority would likely approve the resolution, but it remains to be seen whether the post-midnight chaotic finish to yesterday’s general strike will change some councilmembers’ minds.

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