Photo Essay: Oakland Reacts to Charlottesville

Oakland — In lieu of all the violence centered around the alt-right rallies that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 14, 2017, protesters in Oakland rallied to counter-protest immediately the next day. The counter-protest circled around the circumference of Lake Merritt. The night proceeded with the protesters completely stopping traffic flow on I-5; the night was put to an end by Oakland police threatening to use force. After such threats, the protest lost support and the police promptly guided the demonstrators back to downtown Oakland.

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Demonstrators stop I-5 to express their dissent to the events that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia in Oakland, Calif. August 15, 2017.
Demonstrator dances in-front of the Oakland Police on I-5 during a counter-protest to the alt-right rallies that occurred in Charlottesville, Va. in Oakland, Calif. August 15, 2017.
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Demonstrator dances in-front of the Oakland Police on I-5 in Oakland, Calif. August 15, 2017. (1/4)
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Demonstrator dances in-front of the Oakland Police on I-5 in Oakland, Calif. August 15, 2017. (2/4)
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Demonstrator dances in-front of the Oakland Police on I-5 in Oakland, Calif. August 15, 2017. (3/4)
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Demonstrator dances in-front of the Oakland Police on I-5 in Oakland, Calif. August 15, 2017. (4/4)
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Spectators watch overhead while protesters impede traffic on I-5 in Oakland, Calif. August 15, 2017.
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Protesters lights flare in Oakland, Calif. August 15, 2017.
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Police prepare for protesters exiting the highway in Oakland, Calif. August 15, 2017.
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Police line up to direct the protest traffic in Oakland, Calif. August 15, 2017.
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Protesters walk in unison in Oakland, Calif. August 15, 2017.

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