Protest closes on-ramps and off-ramps from Hwy 880 in Oakland

Bay City News
Saturday, July 16, 2016
This image shows protesters clashing with Oakland police officers briefly at the on-ramp to Interstate 980 at Brush and 17th streets on July 15, 2016.
This image shows protesters clashing with Oakland police officers briefly at the on-ramp to Interstate 980 at Brush and 17th streets on July 15, 2016.
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Protesters have prompted the shut-down of on-ramps and off-ramps along Interstate Highway 880 in downtown Oakland this evening, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Between 50 and 150 demonstrators gathered at 1 Frank H Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland at 4 p.m. today, responding to a nationwide call to action regarding police violence posted at www.theorganicprepper.ca on Monday.

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The affiliations of the demonstration's organizers could not be verified, but several of the people marching carried a "Black Lives Matter" banner.

The group affected traffic at a number of downtown intersections, but were described as peaceful by the Oakland Police Department.

The CHP said that the Broadway off-ramp from northbound Highway 880 had been shut down due to protesters at around 8:30 p.m.

They have since added that on-ramps and off-ramps in the area have been affected. Officers advised drivers to expect a large police presence in the area and use an alternate route if possible.

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Protesters marching against recent police killings have gathered in dowtown Oakland, Calif. on July 7, 2016 (KGO-TV)
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