Quan said she hoped Wednesday’s strike would be peaceful and that she was working with police to ensure the protesters’ issues are “front and center.”
“The pro-99 percent activists — whose cause I support — will have the freedom to get their message across without the conflict that marred last week’s events,” Quan said in a statement Tuesday. “Although getting the balance right is never an easy task, in Oakland we are committed to honoring free speech and protecting public safety.”
Despite Quan’s vocal support for the Occupy movement, protesters heckled and booed her when she tried to speak to the group last week, sending her retreating into City Hall.
“You need a true leader. This is all too much for her. It’s not her time,” said Ken Houston, an Oakland resident who owns a local construction business and has spent several nights at the Occupy encampment.