Occupy May Day: Photos From the Oakland March

We snapped a few photos before things turned violent in Oakland yesterday. These protesters were part of the Occupy Oakland anti-capitalist march on banks in the downtown Oakland area.

Protesters write the numbers of the National Lawyers Guild and medical help on their arms in case of a confrontation with police.

Occupy Oakland protesters, Iraq vet Scott Olsen among them, target a Wells Fargo branch in downtown Oakland.

Wells Fargo bank security locks doors to a branch in downtown Oakland as Occupy Oakland protesters marched on the bank.

Respectful of construction workers laying new pavement, protesters march around a construction area in downtown Oakland.

Scott Olsen was back out Tuesday. The Iraq War veteran and Occupy activist suffered a head injury after being hit with a police projectile in Oakland in October 2011. He told Mother Jones that it took two and a half weeks before he could speak at all after the injury, and about a month “before I was comfortable speaking.”

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