More than 100 Occupy Pittsburgh supporters snaked through Oakland tonight, attracting the largest police presence the group has seen so far.
At one point, more than 10 police cars and motorcycles worked to move them off of Bellefield Avenue. No large-scale arrests were made. Protesters started marching in Schenley Plaza around 6:30 p.m. and walked through the University of Pittsburgh campus, stopping outside Pitt's Litchfield Towers dormitory and near the Cathedral of Learning. Many curious bystanders turned out to watch the march unfold.
The protest began in an orderly fashion, with demonstrators staying largely on the sidewalks. But as they walked down Fifth Avenue and turned onto Craig Street, some of them moved to the street, at one point nearly surrounding an officer on a motorcycle. Officers flashed their lights and one held a muzzled K-9 officer as the group walked by and at least one member carried a flare.
The group circled around parts of the Pitt campus once more, taking over several lanes of Fifth Avenue when it came close to once again rounding Craig Street, where officers again flashed their lights and blared their sirens and then attempted to disperse the group as it came around Bellefield Avenue.
The march was meant to show solidarity for members of Occupy Oakland in California, where one veteran was left in critical condition following a confrontation with police.
So far, there have been no arrests at tonight's Pittsburgh march.