“If You Knew the Bay Area, You Knew We Weren’t Going Inside Without Fighting”

Thousands in Oakland defy curfew to protest police brutality.

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Thousands of people flooded the streets of d0wntown Oakland Wednesday night, in defiance of an 8 p.m. curfew, to protest police brutality and the killing of George Floyd.

The curfew was announced Monday as Oakland residents gathered for a march starting at Oakland Technical High School and ending near the police station. Wednesday’s nonviolent rally, which began at 8:05 p.m. and was organized by more than a dozen antiracist Oakland groups, is meant to challenge the curfew.

Here is what Mother Jones editors saw:

 

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