Oakland police began cracking down Saturday on parking and traffic laws around the Occupy Oakland encampment at Frank Ogawa Plaza.
Police have been issuing tickets to motorists on 14th Street, according to Brian Glasscock, a 20-year-old Oakland resident who has been participating in the protest since the beginning.
The area has been used as a place for protesters to collect donations from passing motorists, but police are now ticketing anyone who tries to stop for illegal parking, Glasscock said.
The crackdown follows a warning issued by police earlier Saturday indicating that the City of Oakland parking division would be enforcing parking regulations around the encampment. All vehicles including those associated with the media are subject to the enforcement effort, according to police spokeswoman Johnna Watson.
However, police did not interfere in a march by protesters this afternoon along Lake Merritt, Glasscock said, and even closed some streets as the marchers moved through the city. Some protesters entered a bank during the march, but no arrests were reported.
Oakland police warned protesters that they faced arrest if they were not out of the plaza by 10 p.m. Friday, but no arrests were made last night. Protesters appear prepared to stay again Saturday night.
“As far as I can tell, no one has any plans to leave at all,” Glasscock said.