Updated below: Some Occupy Oakland protesters who have been camping in front of City Hall have been pulling up stakes and leaving the encampment. A few of the occupiers, although it’s not exactly clear how many, have decided to relocate to Snow Park in Oakland, a second encampment that has been much more peaceful. These occupiers plan to stay at Snow Park until they decide on where they want to remain for the long term.
The protesters who have been leaving City Hall plaza are said to have grown increasingly concerned about safety, particularly after the fatal shooting near the encampment on Thursday. And those who are nonviolent have grown frustrated that Occupy Oakland has not condemned or expelled those who advocate for violent, so-called Black Bloc tactics against property and police.
From Mayor Jean Quan: “Over the last few days, we have made real progress in encouraging groups of protestors to voluntarily leave the encampment and on behalf of the City of Oakland, I want to thank those who have responded to my call to voluntarily leave. Thank you, too, to our community leaders who have also called for the encampment to come to a peaceful conclusion.”