Live-blogging OWS daily since October 1. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. All times ET. See my e-book on Occupy "40 Days That Shook the World." My other books, including new ones on Bradley Manning and Beethoven, here….
11:45 Livestream from Oakland which remains hot, gas canisters used, arrests, warnings now about more arrests. "Chemical agents will be used."
11:00 NY crowd mainly leave area, others retreat to Zuccotti, where police are now massing again…. Lot going on in Oakland at this hour, report of tank and loaded rifles. Cop reportedly hit in face with paint bag thing.
10:00 Thousands in park in New York at 10 pm closing of park, although thousands of others have left–and police have them surrounded. See Tim Pool livestream below. Warnings to be issued and then arrests will follow… 2nd livetream from NY below. UPDATE: Police attack group agt 10:30, guy hurt and some arrests.
9:30 Press report from Nantes, France, where my daughter lives: from 8500 to 15000 protest today, only 2500 last year. (h/t and translation Barbara Bedway)
7:55 Violence in Seattle top story at LA Times site: "Downtown Seattle erupted in chaos Tuesday as black-clad May Day demonstrators marauded through the downtown shopping district, smashing plate glass windows at banks and retail outlets, spray-painting cars and slashing tires. Some arrests were reported in May Day protests in Portland, Ore., as well. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn signed an emergency order authorizing police to confiscate sticks, tire irons, hammers and other implements that might be used for continued destruction, though the worst of the mayhem appeared to have died down by midafternoon." And see photo.