Oakland protesters erupt with disdain as Trump is president-elect


Cooper Mead

Fires burn during the anti-Trump protest in Oakland on Nov. 9, 2016

Cooper Mead, Print editor

In the wake of the election of Donald Trump as president, on the anniversary Kristallnacht, protesters gathered Wednesday in Frank Ogawa plaza.

Speakers from the Oakland-based Anti-Police Terror Project gave speeches throughout the protest. The event was organized by the APTP, as well as the Black Power Network, Movement for the 99% and Socialist Alternative.

Oakland Police Department’s Twitter account put the number of protestors at roughly 3,000 people. The night began with impassioned chanting and entreaties to the people to stand up and fight.

The anger was not merely directed at President-elect Trump. Oakland mayor, Libby Schaaf, was also a target of hate.

The march began with children and families leading a truck being used as a speaking platform down Broadway. Protestors remained peaceful, barring a few cracked windows and individuals spray painting tags such as “Fuck Trump.”

Around 8:00 p.m. the marchers were stopped by police at 7th and Washington. Masked individuals then began to gather trash cans to start a fire in front of the barricade. At this point officers began corralling protestors, ordering them to disperse and return to Frank Ogawa Plaza.

Many protestors ventured out into downtown Oakland. Fires could be seen all over the streets as protestors lit at least one cop car on fire, threw a molotov cocktail at the Federal Building and set bonfires in intersections throughout downtown.

Large mobs of protestors outpaced motorcycle barricades, leaving police unable to stop them. Fires reportedly continued burning on into the morning and the Occupy Oakland Twitter account is encouraging people to meet again at 5 p.m. Thursday, at 14th Street and Broadway.