Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Protesters Shut Down I-80

Races from all over America is boycotting business and traffic movement in and out of the city. More than 1,000 protesters marched for hours on city streets, shutting down Interstate 80 and stopping a train in the third night of demonstrations Monday over police killings in Missouri and New York.They confronted a line of police officers in riot gear outside police headquarters before heading to a BART train station, prompting authorities to close it. Protesters then headed west on University Avenue, a four-lane divided street to shut down Interstate 80 in both directions.

Some protesters managed to get around officers and onto the freeway but were forced back. Then protesters retook the highway, halting traffic in both directions. Dozens of protesters also marched to the railroad tracks, blocking an Amtrak train. A protester held up a sign “Black lives matter” in front of the stopped train.

The protests were peaceful in contrast to Sunday night when some protesters vandalized and looted businesses, lit garbage cans on fire and blocked a nearby freeway despite calls from many in the crowd for a “peaceful protest.”