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And like typical left wing nazi cowards...they scampered off like scared bitches.

Developer with shotgun scared off Oakland rioters

This article appeared on page A - 11 of the San Francisco Chronicle

Friday, November 4, 2011

OAKLAND -- Oakland developer

Phil Tagami is used to working behind the scenes to broker some of the

biggest deals in town. Late Wednesday, he was using different persuasive

skills - holding a loaded shotgun to scare away rioters trying to get

into a downtown building.

"We had people who attempted to break into our building," the

landmark Rotunda Building on Frank Ogawa Plaza outside City Hall, Tagami

said Thursday. He grabbed a shotgun that he usually keeps at home, went

down to the ground floor and "discouraged them," he said.

"I was standing there and they saw me there, and I lifted it - I

didn't point it - I just held it in my hands," Tagami said. "And I just

racked it, and they ran."

Although they didn't get inside the building - Tagami, 46, oversaw

its $50 million renovation and has an office there - vandals did scrawl

graffiti on the outside walls during the post-midnight riot that broke

out after Occupy Oakland's daylong general strike.

The Rotunda Building was far from the only target. Graffiti was

spray-painted on many buildings along Broadway from 14th to 16th

streets. Masked vandals shattered windows, started fires and threw

objects at police, including lit flares and powerful M-1000


Officers responded by firing tear gas and flash-bang grenades and

arresting 103 people, including those from as far away as Michigan and

New York. Five civilians and three police officers were hurt.

As the sun rose, downtown Oakland business owners were again

assessing the damage, much as they did after a series of protests

related to the killing of unarmed BART rider Oscar Grant in 2009.

Crews were boarding up broken windows at the Tully's Coffee shop

just steps from Occupy Oakland's camp at Frank Ogawa Plaza outside City

Hall. Graffiti was sprayed on the Rite Aid and Walgreens drugstores

across from each other at 14th and Broadway. The city estimated it would

cost up to $25,000 to replace broken windows at city buildings.

City Administrator Deanna Santana apologized to business owners for

the "chaotic events" that enveloped the city. Mayor Jean Quan called the

rioters "a small and isolated group."

"It shouldn't mar the overall impact of the demonstration and the

fact that people in the 99 percent movement demonstrated peacefully and,

for the most part, were productive and very peaceful," Quan said.

Tagami disagreed, calling the Occupy Oakland encampment "basically

concealment and cover for anarchists who are doing this to our city."

"We're very concerned that a group of people can be allowed to do

this type of destruction to our town and to our image without any

repercussions," Tagami said. "They need to be held accountable." He

rejected assertions that the anarchists were a small minority, saying,

"No, you can't have it both ways."

Tagami added, "I support a peaceful protest. But it was a siege

situation last night, and quite frankly, I'm glad we were here. But I

never want to have to do that again."

Other businesses that professed support for Occupy Oakland's general

strike didn't escape the damage. Windows at the Men's Wearhouse, which

closed Wednesday and put up signs of support, were shattered.

Many Occupy Oakland sympathizers were dismayed by the damage, and some tried to do something about it.

Leandro Marques, 33, and two women were scrubbing graffiti at

noontime from the facade of Genji, a Japanese restaurant in the City

Hall plaza.

"Doing things to small businesses is about the worst thing you can

do," said Marques, an audio engineer who lives in Berkeley. "You're

hurting people who are poor like you."

Rachel Konte, owner of Oakllectiv, said her designer clothing shop

had its plate glass window smashed and hundreds of dollars of T-shirts


"Some protesters guarded our store for us," Konte said. "We're so thankful and grateful for that."

She said, "We're still committed to Oakland. I don't know who vandalized us, but I bet they don't live here."

Chronicle staff writers Carolyn Jones and Demian Bulwa contributed to this report. E-mail Henry K. Lee at [][/url].


Added: Nov-4-2011 Occurred On: Nov-4-2011
By: thinkslaughter
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