Today was the general strike in Oakland. There were 4-5000 people downtown when I went to work today. At 4 p.m. they headed for the Port of Oakland to shut it down, and I've seen estimates from 10K to 50K people. (My guess: 15K.) There were a few agitators and some minor vandalism, but the protests have largely been peaceful.
This afternoon I watched amazing live helicopter video of the march from downtown to the port. The sheer volume of people involved brought a tear to my eye-- I'm happy that so many people are taking a stand for what they believe in, even if I don't agree with all of the message.
Nighttime is the potentially-scary time. I hope it stays peaceful and nonviolent.
Here are a few photos that I found.
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