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Monday, July 15, 2013

Trayvon Martin: More Protests Scheduled Tonight in Oakland

Posted By on Mon, Jul 15, 2013 at 4:08 PM

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Following Saturday's verdict where George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the 2012 shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin -- and the chaos that followed -- activists are planning to fill Oakland's Frank Ogawa Plaza tonight for another rally.

The 6 p.m. event, which is listed as "#HoodiesUpOAK JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON MARTIN COMMUNITY SPEAK OUT - OAKLAND" on Facebook, follows a raucous weekend where thousands of people took to the streets of both San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose to protest Saturday's verdict.

Last night, some 2,000 people participated in a mostly peaceful march in downtown Oakland. But then, things got a little less peaceful at around 11 p.m.when a group of about 100 protesters took their aggression out on Oakland' storefronts, smashing windows, spray-painting cars and buildings, and igniting fires in the street, according to the Mercury News.

Around 10:30 p.m. last night, one of the Bay Area News Group reporters tweeted that she and her cameraman were attacked by protesters, and then 13 minutes later, tweeted that a TV cameraman was also attacked.

No arrests were made from last night's protest, and there were no reported injuries, Officer Johnna Watson, an Oakland police spokeswoman told reporters .

However, tonight's event is not supposed to be a violent protest. Labeled with #HoodiesUp, the nationally used social media hashtag created after the verdict, the group lists itself as a "community speak out," and not as a protest. We've been unable to reach the event organizer to find out more about what the community should expect tonight. However, various Facebook users commented that they wished for a peaceful event tonight.

"Who's down? No breaking shit, okay?" says one user on the event page.

We can only hope.

Stay tuned for updates from tonight's event.


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