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In photos: Riot police clash with Occupy Oakland protesters

Tension built up between protesters and police after the #occupy group was evicted from a city plaza yesterday morning.

RIOT POLICE fired tear gas as a group of protesters participating in the Occupy Oakland demonstration in California last night.

The Oakland movement is part of the Occupy Wall Street protests which began in New York in mid-September and have since spread to a number of US and international cities, including Dublin.

In a pre-dawn raid yesterday, police dismantled the two-week old encampment at Frank H Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland and evicted the protesters.

Scuffles broke out later in the day as protesters attempted to resist being removed from the area near City Hall.

A group of protesters gathered at the nearby libray and marched towards City Hall. Police fired at least five volleys of tear gas in the space of three hours in an effort to disperse the crowd.

In photos: Riot police clash with Occupy Oakland protesters
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    Occupy Oakland protestors were evicted from Frank H Ogawa plaza yesterday morning. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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    A police officer gestures at the site of yesterday morning's Occupy Oakland protest eviction. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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    Oakland police officers in riot gear line Frank H Ogawa plaza during yesterday morning's eviction. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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    Police form a barricade to keep Occupy Wall Street protesters from entering 14th Street at Broadway in Oakland last night. (AP Photo/Darryl Bush)
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    Occupy Wall Street protesters help a man injured after police used tear gas to disperse a large crowd of protesters. (AP Photo/Darryl Bush)
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    An Occupy Wall Street protester stands with a banner after police use tear gas to disperse a large crowd. (AP Photo/Darryl Bush)
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    Protesters huddle together after police use tear gas to disperse the crowd last night. (AP Photo/Darryl Bush)
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    Protesters run from tear gas deployed by police in Oakland last night. (AP Photo/Darryl Bush)
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    Oakland police officers sift through possessions left behind by Occupy Oakland protesters after yesterday's eviction. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Police said that bottles, rocks and firecrackers were thrown at officers by the demonstrators. Acting Police Chief Howard Jordan said that police had to use tear gas “to stop the crowd”.

Almost 100 people were arrested in yesterday morning’s raid of the Occupy Oakland camp, and  at least five protesters were arrested during the skirmishes last night. Several people were injured.

The Occupy Oakland website accused police of using flash grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets in their operation against the camp and says that police destroyed or seized protesters’ property from the camp.

Meanwhile, police in Atlanta, Georgia arrested around 50 Occupy Atlanta protesters who had been camping in the city’s Woodruff Park, including a state senator.

Police in riot gear and on horseback had mostly cleared protesters from the camp by early this morning. Some protesters said they intended to return to the park when during its official opening hours.

- Additional reporting by the AP

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