Oakland Police officers take away a Occupy protesters as arrests are made at the YMCA along Broadway in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012. (photograph by Anda Chu/Oakland Tribune Staff)
Matthias Gafni, Chris De Benedetti and Rick Hurd of the Oakland Tribune newspaper reported that Occupy Oakland protesters broke into City Hall, stole an American flag from the City Council chamber and set it on fire Saturday night, punctuating a wild day in which police deployed tear gas, arrested more than 400 marchers and dodged hurling objects.
Demonstrators spent the day trying to break into a convention center and temporarily occupying City Hall and a YMCA, all the while snaking around lines of riot-clad police periodically shooting bean bag projectiles, among other uses of nonlethal force.
Saturday marked the first major clashes between protesters and police since November and left three officers with minor injuries, as protesters threw bottles, metal pipes, rocks, spray cans and "improvised explosive devices," police said.