Oakland anti-Trump protesters tear-gassed
Tear gas was deployed in Oakland Wednesday night where an anti-Trump demonstration has been declared an unlawful assembly by police after bottles, rocks and firecrackers were thrown at officers.
The window of the Agave Uptown restaurant, located at 2135 Franklin St., was vandalized by a man with spray paint as members of the crowd urged the vandal to stop.
Other windows were smashed and spray-painted in the vicinity of Webster and 17th streets.
Officers lined up in front of a Chase Bank location in the vicinity of Eighth and Franklin streets to prevent further vandalism after windows there were smashed. Trash fires were set nearby, and an American flag was also burned.
Around 5 p.m. today hundreds gathered at 14th Street and Broadway in chanting “not our president.” Members of the crowd carried signs saying “Pussy grabs back,” “Donald Trump is a rapist” and “Secede #CalExit.” Around 8 p.m., police estimated that the crowd had grown to roughly 6,000 people, saying that traffic in the area was being impacted and asking drivers to use alternate routes.
This afternoon Oakland police were still assessing vandalism on several businesses after about 250 protesters marched through downtown in a demonstration that started late Tuesday night and carried on into this morning.
One protester was cited and small number of protesters were arrested on suspicion of vandalism and disobedience.
As the protesters walked into traffic on state Highway 24, a woman suffered major injuries when she was struck by a vehicle, California Highway Patrol officers said.
The driver pulled over, but the protesters attacked her car and broke out a back window, according to the CHP.
A number of fires were set on Telegraph Avenue and Broadway, and firefighters were called in to extinguish them. The protest had largely died down by 3 a.m., however.
Another anti-Trump protest began at 5 p.m. today in San Francisco at Powell and Market streets, and has led to delays on a number of MUNI lines as it moves through the city.
San Francisco Police Officer Grace Gatpandan described the march as nonviolent, saying that no arrests have been made and no dispersal order has been issued.
According to the Berkeley Police Department, a third group was headed south on Telegraph Avenue from Dwight Way around 7:10 p.m.
By 7:49 p.m. they had moved into Oakland, according to police.