An offshoot of Occupy Oakland, upset that the city's Pride Festival was charging for admission, went on a vandalism spree Sunday, breaking windows at a Bank of America branch and tagging buildings and a police vehicle with anarchist graffiti, police said.
About 50 to 60 marchers, several of whom covered their faces with pink bandannas, amassed at Snow Park at 5:30 p.m. and tried unsuccessfully to crash the gate at the Pride Festival, which was taking place in Oakland's Uptown District. Around the same time, police said several agitators smashed windows and ATMs at the nearby Bank of America branch at 300 Lakeside Drive.
The marchers continued to move through city streets for the next hour, tagging several buildings and spray painting an anarchist symbol on a police vehicle. They dispersed about 6:30 p.m., police said. No arrests were made.
Much of the graffiti vandalism was still visible Monday morning.
The Sears at Broadway and 20th Street was tagged with red spray paint that read "Destroy Capitalism" and "Queer Riots Now." A vacant building on the corner of 19th and Broadway was tagged with "Queer Revolt."
Less than a block down on Broadway, the Community Bank of the Bay was tagged with an anarchy symbol and the words, "Queers: Burn Banks."