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Occupy Oakland: 300 Protesters Arrested

Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Oakland police arrested about 300 Occupy Oakland protesters Saturday, after demonstrators broke into a vacant convention center, a YMCA and City Hall, where they burned an American flag.

Police fired tear gas, flash grenades and bean bags in an attempt to control the crowd after some protesters threw rocks, flares, bottles, and other objects at police officers.

Police arrested about 20 people for throwing objects.

“I did see some rocks. I saw some projectiles. I didn’t see who got hit or how many people,” Oakland police officer Anthony Rachael said.

Later in the day, police rounded up several others for failing to disperse.

Kristin Hanes of ABC News San Francisco station KGO was one of several reporters briefly arrested.

We were all walking down the same street and the protesters came at us from both sides, issued us a dispersal notice, but there wasn’t anywhere to go, Hanes said. “They kind of herded us all into this little area, pushed up to this building and I heard a bullhorn saying that you are being arrested and we are essentially surrounded, kind of pushed together like sardines here.”

Hanes was eventually released and de-handcuffed.

Police say at least three officers were hurt at the protests.

Oakland mayor Jean Quan said people have to stop making excuses for violent behavior.

“Occupy Oakland has got to stop using Oakland as its playground,” said Quan at a press conference Saturday night.

“Once again, a violent splinter group of the Occupy movement is engaging in violent actions against Oakland,” Quan said.

Quan is not the only city leader who is fed up.

“It’s an escalation that in my opinion, basically amounts to domestic terrorism where people start taking buildings and costing the city an incredible amount of resources,” Oakland City Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente said.

Saturday was not the first time Occupy Oakland protests have turned violent.

In November, clashes broke out between demonstrators and police trying to evict them from a city plaza. During the protests, 24-year-old two-tour Iraq veteran Scott Olsen’s skull was fractured by a rubber bullet or tear gas canister.

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Occupy's 2012 Agenda: Visiting Campaign Cities

KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- "Occupy" protest organizers say they are using the winter to hone in on specific events and presidential campaign events instead of occupying town centers and financial institutions.

Caitlin Manning, 55, an Occupy Oakland organizer, said the group has two specific goals in January. First, it plans to occupy a building by Jan. 28, saying protesters are continually being "harassed" at their outdoor encampment at Oscar Grant Plaza for "ridiculous" legal reasons.

Second, the group is planning to stop a specific grain ship from docking to a port in Longview, Wash., in January.

Unlike the Occupy the Ports campaign on Dec. 12, which caused disruption in West Coast ports such as Oakland and Seattle, Manning said the upcoming disruption is targeting a specific grain company that is "wrongfully" using nonunion labor and will call attention to the negative role the company plays in global food production.

Occupy protesters have voiced their concerns at several presidential campaign events, including disrupting President Obama during a speech at a high school in Manchester, N.H., on Nov. 22, and occupying one of his campaign offices in Des Moines, Iowa.

 The Occupy protesters make it clear they do not endorse any particular candidate, and they do not discriminate based on party when it comes to criticism.

"I think the typical OWS person is really upset with both parties and the whole idea of a two-party system," Pete Dutro, an Occupy Wall Street finance committee member in New York City, said. "It basically has turned into a campaign club ... not about getting things done. It's about gathering resources to get elected."

This week, protesters heckled and held protest signs addressing Republican candidate frontrunners, Mitt Romney in Littleton, N.H., and Newt Gingrich in Des Moines.

The candidates are campaigning in cities ahead of the first primaries. The Iowa caucus is on Jan. 3 and the New Hampshire primary on Jan. 10.

Dutro said protesters will broach campaign finance reform more frequently.

Ryan Hirsch, a self-described "concerned citizen" active in the Occupy New Hampshire movement, said Occupy the New Hampshire Primary will be a four-day event starting Jan. 6 that will include discussions, general assemblies and parades, to bring attention to a wide range of issues.

Nick Espinosa, 25, an Occupy Minneapolis organizer, said the Occupy movement is "bigger than elections." They are still focusing on the "greed" of financial institutions and corporations that sparked Occupy Wall Streeton Sept. 17.

"It's bigger than politics as we know it. It's a way to re-frame the way we look at these issues and the values we hold as a society," he said. "I hope to be part of a movement that pushes politicians to serve the interests of the people and not the corporations."

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