Occupy Oakland was not happy about the protest held by 35 members of the South Africa Project, a group protesting violence by blacks against whites in South Africa at the state capitol in Sacramento on Monday. The OWS group decided to have a counter rally against the pro-white group.
With these two groups, something was bound to happen, and it did. The AP reports that "the clash followed a tense afternoon during which peace officers kept the two groups separated outside the Capitol." Clashes were inevitable.
Ryan Stark, 26, a member of the Sacramento OWS movement, said he joined the protesters because "there needed to be a showdown" Stark continued, "I didn't throw anything ... but these sorts of demonstrations need to happen," he said, referring to the counter protest. "They do have the right to say what they want, but we're not going to let it fly." It seems that the OWS Oakland crowd was looking for a fight, sadly, police officers were caught in the middle.
The groups were separated by police, but OWS was shouting at them and had signs like, "Nazi Scum F*ck off!" Finally, the officers started to escort the South Africa Project protesters to a parking garage so they could leave, but about 50 members of the OWS crowd decided to start throwing bottles and cans at both the demonstrators and the police. It went downhill from there.
Two police officers were injured and had to be taken to the hospital. No denouncing of the violence has taken place on the Occupy Oakland website.