Oakland-San Francisco, December 4-5

December 6, 2014 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us


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Thursday, December 4—Hundreds of people gathered at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland Thursday night before marching into Jack London Square and then into East Oakland along International Boulevard. Protesters we talked with said there were about 1,000 people.

Police blocked off the protesters, kettling them between 22nd and 21st streets at International Boulevard. They then only allowed a few people to leave at a time and the march went way down in numbers. In spite of this, some of the protesters continued a dozen more blocks to the notorious Fruitvale BART station where Oscar Grant was shot to death by BART police in 2009. BART tweeted that the station was shut down for a time “due to civil disturbance.”

The demonstrators held a moment of silence for Oscar Grant.

There was also a protest in San Francisco Thursday night where people staged a "die-in" on Market and Powell streets and then marched to Union Square and along Market Street.

Friday, December 5—For the third night in a row people gathered downtown and marched, numbering around 500-1,000. They walked up a ramp onto the 880 freeway and traffic was blocked in both directions. From there the protesters marched to the West Oakland BART station and shut it down before returning downtown. Huge lines of riot cops closed in as cops declared it an unlawful assembly around 11 pm and people dispersed for the night. Protests also occurred in several places in San Francisco.

  • Downtown Oakland, CA, December 5
  • Oakland, CA, Chinatown, December 5, 2014
  • Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA, December 5, 2014
  • Oakland, CA, Chinatown, December 5, 2014
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Photos used with permission: Erika Fournier http://www.eyeem.com/erika_Ca


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