January 8, 2009

Not again: Protesters gathering in Oakland again tonight

The San Francisco Chronicle says that about 100 demonstrators are gathered tonight in downtown Oakland, protesting the fatal shooting by a BART police officer of an unarmed man.

Police in riot gear shut down Broadway between 12th and 16th streets after protesters began stopping cars and buses and threw trash cans into the middle of the street. Some protesters carried signs that read, "No justice, no peace." Others carried candles.

On Wednesday, what started out as a peaceful rally dissolved into a violent street protest in downtown Oakland, with marchers kicking newspaper stands, using papers to start fires, throwing fires, and spitting on police cars. For the next four to five hours, rioters smashed and burned cars, shattered storefronts and clashed with police. Police arrested 105 protesters.

Update: Police quickly dispersed a crowd of about 100 people who gathered Thursday at about 6 p.m. This gathering involved one person hurling a rock at a Walgreen's window, but not managing to break the glass, and another throwing a bottle at officers. Two people were arrested.

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