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(Raw Video) Occupy Oakland turns violent: teargas vs. bottles as 100 arrested, 2 officers injured

UPDATE 10.26.10 2:30P.M. EST: All is calm on Wednesday in Oakland, California, as a few protesters quietly hold up signs outside the Plaza that was the scene of a violent clash between police and Occupy Wall St. protesters on Tuesday.

The heavy police presence has dwindled and reports say protesters will be allowed back into the park after it is cleaned. However, new rules apply, and demonstrators can reportedly protest during the day but will not be permitted to do so at night.

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10.26.11 (Oakland, California) Occupy Oakland in California turned violent as San Francisco Bay area police and protesters clashed Tuesday. Two police officers were reportedly injured, and 100 were arrested in the ensuing chaos.

Protesters reportedly refused to vacate the Plaza park near City Hall when police ordered them to, warning them that it was an illegal assembly and they would be subject to arrest.

The crowd could be seen on ABC News throwing objects at the police while the cops, outfitted in full riot gear, unleashed canisters of teargas, rubber bullets and beanbag rounds at the screaming protesters.

It looked like a scene from Greece or the Middle East as a melee ensued with people running in pandemonium.

The anti-Wall Street protesters camp, which had been there for 2 weeks, was destroyed, with tents, tarps, pillows, sleeping bags, food and other personal belongings strewn everywhere.

Streets around the area were closed off and a strong police presence reportedly remains.

The original Occupy Wall Streets protests, which started in New York City on September 17, have since spread to several cities throughout the U.S., resulting in over a thousand arrests. Last Saturday the protest went from national to global as over 150 countries took to the streets, protesting in front of banks and government buildings.

Similar to Oakland but more widespread violence had erupted in Greece, as businesses and cars were torched, and throngs of police in riot gear launched tear gas.

People say they are protesting because they are fed-up with the steep imbalance in wealth in our society, the corruption in the financial sector and government's inability or refusal to do anything about it.