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Protesters set fires, clash with police in Oakland

Following a mainly peaceful day-long protest by thousands of anti-Wall Street demonstrators, several hundred rallied through the night with some painting graffiti, breaking windows and setting file to garbage cans. Yesterday demonstrators shut down the Port of Oakland.

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A demonstrator waves a flag as rubbish burns at the Occupy Oakland demonstration in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 3.

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Protesters help an injured Occupy Oakland demonstrator after a police-fired projectile struck his leg in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 3.

Oakland Police said they received a late night call that protesters had broken into and occupied a downtown building and set several simultaneous fires. The department said  protesters began hurling rocks, explosives, bottles, and flaming objects at responding officers.

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Sheriff's deputies advance on Occupy Oakland protesters in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, Nov. 3.

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Occupy Oakland protester Mike Clift runs from tear gas in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 3.

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Occupy Oakland protesters pass a burning garbage heap during a confrontation with police in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 3.

Police also reported that several private and municipal buildings sustained heavy vandalism.

More than 200 officers, some of them ferried in aboard buses, lined up shoulder to shoulder and donned gas masks, then declared the crowd to be an unlawful assembly and fired volleys of tear gas as protesters turned and ran.