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Protesters March with Shields in Response to State-Sanctioned Violence
by J25 Oakland Report
Thursday Jul 30th, 2020 10:03 AM
A passionate demonstration on July 25 advanced the cause of racial justice and showed support for protesters in Portland, Oregon. Activists called out police brutality as state sanctioned violence.
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Photos by Stephanie Mohan, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer.

Last Saturday, protesters in Oakland demonstrated on the two month mark of the May 25 murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.

Protestors for racial justice in Portland have been snatched up by police in unmarked rental vans, and federal agents have used tear gas and batons to violently disperse peaceful crowds. The feds have entered the city of Albuquerque more quietly but Bay Area residents know Oakland could see an incursion similar to that in Portland. They arrived in the East Bay city ready to face anything. Demonstrators at the front of the march raised full body shields.

Starting at 7:30pm, the gathering was large and well supplied. Many attendees estimated that thousands gathered (while corporate media called it "hundreds.") Longtime organizers said it was the most diverse they have seen in a long time - in race, age and class.

Oakland PD tweeted and corporate media glommed onto reports that after about 10:00 pm demonstrators set fire to a courthouse, damaged a police station, broke windows, spray-painted graffiti, shot fireworks and pointed lasers at officers.

Demonstrators in Oakland called for the rejection of secret federal police in American cities and an end to police brutality. They repeatedly insisted that the demands be met of the cause of Black Lives Matter.


§Colorfully painted shields
by J25 Oakland Report
Thursday Jul 30th, 2020 10:03 AM
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Photo by Stephanie Mohan, Pro Bono Photo
§Have you ever?
by J25 Oakland Report
Thursday Jul 30th, 2020 10:03 AM
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Photo by Stephanie Mohan, Pro Bono Photo
§Focus on BLM
by J25 Oakland Report
Thursday Jul 30th, 2020 10:03 AM
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Photo by Stephanie Mohan, Pro Bono Photo
§Focus also on Police Brutality
by J25 Oakland Report
Thursday Jul 30th, 2020 10:03 AM
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Photo by Stephanie Mohan, Pro Bono Photo
§Names
by J25 Oakland Report
Thursday Jul 30th, 2020 10:03 AM
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§Confusing Equality with Oppression
by J25 Oakland Report
Thursday Jul 30th, 2020 10:03 AM
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§Flag Cape
by J25 Oakland Report
Thursday Jul 30th, 2020 10:03 AM
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§Together in Solidarity
by J25 Oakland Report
Thursday Jul 30th, 2020 10:03 AM
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