Yesterday, Oakland hit its excitement level as several thousand people crowded into the city in a ”general strike” and marched all across the town to ”take over” the Port of Oakland. No one is really sure what those quotes mean, specifically, but the crowd of people on strike estimated somewhere between 3,000 to 40,000 people.
Even if the exact number of people there isn’t certain, one thing is, and that is: those people definitely wanted to make a ruckus. They wanted to disrupt the city’s business, as per usual, and they succeeded. Most businesses decided to close for the day, not wanting to be disturbed by the riots going on in the streets. The riots got so bad, that Oakland Mayor Jean Quan recommended city employees take the day off. Excluding, of course, the police, who did not appreciate the riot at all.
One law firm did brave the riot. Although, they locked the building down to keep the rioters away.
This is what the official memo said:
”Occupy Oakland is situated in downtown Oakland (also known as City Center), where there are numerous firms and state and federal government buildings, including the federal courthouse…While my firm not shutting down, it does seem like our building management is planning for the worst…”
The firm was asked to not be named because its a small office, but we know that it’s in the Ask.com building, along with a few other law firms offices and the public defenders office. The building was in ”pseudo-lockdown”. The only door that was open was the one entrance to the lobby. And there were more than just the usual one or two security guards keeping a lookout.
This is the building-wide email that was sent out. You can tell that management was a little jumpy:
”We are providing you with information herein that may help guide your planning efforts. All CBRE-managed buildings located in Oakland City Center will remain open with restricted access. Your employees can anticipate possible delays entering and exiting the buildings and garages. Each building will have one accessible entry point manned by a building security officer and admission into the building will require one of the following forms of identification that must be carried at all times while in and around the building:
Building access card;
Elevator will remain operational, although access will be affected should there be a need shelter in place. All other transportation systems may be affected by the protests including BART, AC Transit, street closures, and garage access. We also encourage the use of alternative corporate office locations for all tenants. Should conditions deteriorate during the day, we advise all tenants to remain in the building and shelter in place.”
Sounds like they’re planning for a Russian invasion. Which is honestly not necessary seein as all of the rioters were students, union workers, older people, babies, and pregnant woman.