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Enough is Enough! March of Stolen Lives, Oakland, 2/6/09: photos
In response to the murder of Oscar Grant and others who have been killed by unaccountable police in the Bay Area and across the U.S., the Enough is Enough! March of Stolen Lives was called to start at Frank Ogawa Plaza on February 6th. Many family members who have lost loved ones were present and some spoke of their grief and anger and desire for justice.
It was announced just before the march began that Johannes Mehserle had posted bail and was released from Santa Rita Jail.
And police were out in force, having set up barricades to pen people in on two sides of the plaza, a full block up both Broadway and 14th.
The City of Oakland denied a permit for a march, allowing just one hour to rally, but demonstrators were determined to march anyway.
During the 10-15 minute stand-off, demonstrators chanted about police abuse and wanting to march. The crowd then turned around and began to march in the opposite direction up the sidewalk on 14th toward a corner of the plaza that was not blocked off by barricades or riot police.
See http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/02/06/18568600.php and http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/02/06/18568649.php for more on the first scheduled arraignments for those arrested in the Oscar Grant Rebellion.
Demonstrators lay in the street on 14th
As the crowd was beginning to disperse, several police surrounded one demonstrator with a bandana over his face and demanded that he remove it. Other demonstrators moved in to defend him, and after a few tense minutes the cops backed off and allowed the person with the bandana to leave.
Video from the march can be found at