The Oakland general strike called by Occupy Oakland drew thousands Wednesday for rallies and marches. The mostly peaceful event turned chaotic early Thursday after protesters took over a vacant building and police moved in, firing tear gas and flashbang grenades.
7 a.m. Protesters' blockade prevents truckers from entering Port of Oakland
Fences and dumpsters dragged across the roadway at 3rd and Adeline streets are preventing trucks and other vehicles from entering the port this morning. About a dozen protesters have had some scuffles with truckers.
Monique Agnew got in front of a truck with a camper shell that was forced its way in. When it charged, she hit it with a
sign she was carrying.
She said she has been there for several hours.
"These people tried to kill us. I can't believe they are being that aggressive over a paycheck, over your own people fighting for you."
Most trucks are just turning around and going back the other way, down Middle Harbor Road.
One big rig is having trouble turning around, though, since it can't turn around because the street is too narrow.
3:30 a.m.: Protesters call it a night
Organizer Mario Fernandez, 27, got on a megaphone, performed the customary mic check to get the crowd's attention and said: "It's late. I feel that we should go back to camp for a 3:30 a.m. rally."
But they are not rallying. It was a joke. They're going to bed.
A handful of determined strikers were sent to the picket line at Third and Adeline in the remains of an effort to keep the Port of Oakland closed.
About 15 protesters remain near the police line, which is still about 200 strong. But, police, too are beginning to leave.

-- Sean Maher
3:28 a.m. Protest has mostly ended
Only a handful of protesters remain, with a few sitting in front of a line of police on Broadway. Those who remain say they are committed to peace and will not antagonize the officers.
3:12 a.m. Crowd continues to dwindle, but some action continues
There's probably only 100 protesters left. The helicopter is back overhead. An ambulance is arriving.
The crowd has continued to thin out, however the police helicopter has turned on its spotlight.
2:50 a.m. Calm settles in
Action is winding down.
At the police line on Broadway, a man plays "Blitzkrieg Bop" on a mandolin.
2:49 a.m. Riot police begin to disperse
Some of the riot police are
dispersing, to cheers from the protesters.
The fire department arrived to put out trash fires on by BART station at 13th and Broadway.
Earlier, a man walked by pushing a bicycle yelling, "Police are not our enemy!"
2:35 a.m. Crowd's energy is waning
The front line of the protest is mostly quiet, although some protesters continue to yell. Police aren't moving. Drums continue in the camp, but the crowd's energy is waning. Chanting has all but ceased.
2:10 a.m. Injured man is taken away in ambulance
After protesters called for help several times, an ambulance finally arrived to take away the injured man.
Graham Holoch, a student at the California college of the arts in Oakland, was a volunteer medic who tended to the man, using medical supplies he brought in a backpack.
"When we got him on the stretcher," he said, "his vitals were pretty shaky."
Holoch said he believed the man had been shot in the knee with a rubber bullet and gassed.
His friends called the man's relatives and his pastor.
"He seems fine, but it's definitely better to get him medical attention," said Holoch, who is also a photographer.
As paramedics carried the man to the ambulance, a bruise could be seen on his knee.
Before leaving, one paramedic told the volunteer medics: "By the way, we do support what you're doing."
-- Sandy Kleffman