Hundreds protest Trump victory in Berkeley, Oakland for 3rd night

Protesters unaffiliated with BAMN march through Oakland on Thursday night. While there were some instances of vandalism, the demonstration was largely peaceful.
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Protesters unaffiliated with BAMN march through Oakland on Thursday night. While there were some instances of vandalism, the demonstration was largely peaceful.

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Update 11/11/16: This article has been updated to reflect additional events that took place Thursday night. 

For the third night in a row since Donald Trump’s presidential win, Berkeley protesters took to the streets Thursday, with some joining protests of about 1,000 in Oakland.

More than 70 protesters gathered near Sproul Plaza after 6 p.m. for the second local protest organized by By Any Means Necessary, or BAMN, later marching down Telegraph Avenue and through campus residential units. When it ended about 7:30 p.m., a small group merged with a larger protest in Oakland, which initially gathered about 5 p.m.

Since election night, many protests have occurred in Berkeley, Oakland and throughout the country. While the demonstrations in Oakland on Tuesday night were peaceful, the protests in the area Wednesday took a hostile turn, resulting in dozens of arrests and citations.

While seven businesses in Oakland were reported vandalized at Thursday’s protest, the demonstration was largely nonviolent. Oakland Police Department made at least 11 arrests and issued seven citations in Oakland for crimes including assault on officers, vandalism, failure to disperse and public intoxication, according to a press release. One person arrested was carrying a cache of Molotov cocktails.

UC Berkeley senior Charity Mostafa, a woman of color from an immigrant family, said she joined both nights of the BAMN-led protests in Berkeley as a way to cope with Trump’s imminent presidency.

“Protesting might not cause a big change,” Mostafa said. “A lot of people don’t understand that.”

BAMN protesters received encouraging honks from cars passing by as they flooded the streets and turned on to Durant Avenue to move through Unit 1 and eventually Unit 3. Students in the residence halls cheered and some joined. UCPD officers trailed behind on bicycles as protesters blocked traffic on their way to Shattuck Avenue.

“We got to be voting with our feet,” said BAMN organizer Yvette Felarca to the crowd. “Are you ready to take a stand?”

The crowd gathered at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center for a final speech from Felarca. Afterward, some Berkeley protesters went to Oakland to join demonstrators near Frank Ogawa Plaza.

About 9:00 p.m., OPD made announcements declaring the demonstration an unlawful assembly.

A group of more than 600 protesters then moved to the I-580 eastbound about 9:30 p.m. after breaking through a fence to climb onto the freeway.

California Highway Patrol officers arrested Oakland residents Jamari Lee Mitchell, 22, and Hannah Gavagan, 28, who were booked at Santa Rita Jail on misdemeanor charges for blocking a roadway and resisting arrest.

“It’s a way to show support towards this cause,” said Alain Camba, an Oakland resident. “Even if we’re like, yelling and causing all this … the numbers count and these people are actually interested.”

Once off the freeway, CHP officers in riot gear surrounded the group under the I-580 freeway overpass and contained them for about 10 minutes before allowing them to exit.

Some members of the crowd assaulted police officers with M-80s, bottles and Molotov cocktails, according to an OPD press release. No OPD officers or protesters, however, were reported injured.

OPD walked alongside protesters to keep them on the right side of the street and prevent them from blocking traffic. When the crowd approached about 30th Street and Broadway, OPD began throwing tear gas at demonstrators.

“The protest has been peaceful. … Oakland PD has been great,” said protester Victor Aguilar, a San Leandro resident. “Everyone’s is speaking their mind. … The electoral college shows that Donald Trump won, but come Dec. 19, I think a new president will be in store.”

By about 11:30 p.m., the number of protesters had dwindled with most dispersing after police cleared the streets. BAMN does not plan to organize another protest Friday night but may try to in the next few days, according to BAMN organizer Mark Airgood.

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A previous version of this article may have implied that Charity Mostafa did not think protesting Donald Trump would effect change. In fact, Mostafa said that protesting Trump is a way to cope and come together as a community, even if it does not effect change.

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  • Jay Beswick

    BAMN is the organized source of the West Coast riots, look at Wikipedia linked with Antifa
    BAMN who they are! Cause of 2016 Riots in Sacramento
    2017 Berkeley Riots who organized it
    Exploiting School children, minors, by BAMN, Teachers & Imigration Movement
    BAMN founder has ties to MAN BOY LOVE NAMBLA
    BAMN & Yvette Felarca tied to NAMBLA Man Boy Love Group! Riot Organizers!

  • KittenChow

    Is BAMN the organization that is affiliated with NAMBLA?

  • Sean Poindexter

    Can anybody produce any footage of Conservatives violently protesting when either Bill Clinto or Barack Obama were elected? Can anybody produce any footage showing Conservatives breaking store windows and looting because their candidate didn’t win the election? The answer will be no because it never happened. This is the difference between Conservatives and Liberals. The former are winners; the latter are whiners. Enjoy drowning in your tears of impotent rage all you Hillary supporters. The election was her’s to win and she was unable to bring home the blue ribbon.

  • roccolore

    Liberals do not protest, they riot.

  • all these rioters with mexican flags saying trump isnt their president are right. They have a president and his name is enrique pena nieto

  • RetiredRacer13

    A bunch of kids throwing tantrums where Trump supporters are rare, in safe places, demanding nothing, is
    not protesting. What it is is insulting to everyone who protested and made sacrifices to achieve achievable goals.

  • lspanker

    Do any of these screaming loonies think for one second they are changing the minds of those who actually did vote for Trump? If anything, they are merely reinforcing the impression that the Trumpers made the right decision, because the opposition is clearly too violent, immature, and emotionally unhinged to run the country…

  • Eve

    Daily Cal, please do not refer to these protests in the Bay as “BAMN-led,” giving this group with documented instances of abuse towards its members more legitimacy. Plenty of other organizations helped spread the word and provided support and bodies for these nights.

  • dwss5

    Article quote:

    Since election night, many protests have occurred in Berkeley, Oakland and throughout the country. While the demonstrations in Oakland on Tuesday night were peaceful, the protests in the area Wednesday took a hostile turn, resulting in dozens of arrests and citations.

    I see an interesting parallel between these ongoing protests in the Bay Area and throughout the county with the Kubler-Ross model of the five stages of grief, DABDA, as might be taught & explained at Cal’s Dept of Psychology at Tolman Hall
    First, DENIAL that Trump really did get elected.
    Secondly, ANGER as expressed in the Bay Area’s recent hostile protests.
    Third, BARGAINING in trying to seek out any possible silver lining and restraints put onto the Trump Presidency to and from his election.
    Fourth, DEPRESSION as expressed as people explaining that the Apocalypse has finally come, this country is going to rot no matter what they uselessly do, and/or that they should think about emigrating from the U.S.
    Fifth and finally, ACCEPTANCE that Trump WILL become the next POTUS no matter what protests and violent protests ppl choose to act out on, and that they should just put their focus on the next elections in the interim period between now and 2018 and 2020.

  • elrod

    Is BAMN a commonly used acronym or do I have to Googe it?

    • lspanker

      By Any Means Necessary, a local group of street thugs run by Yvette Felarca, a Berkeley HS teacher and local uber-extreme-left-wing agitator.

  • Howard Peabody

    Did Felarca explain if “taking a stand” still means “assaulting a guy with her thug friends”?

  • SamXie

    From SF Gate: Cal student assaulted at rally:

    A graduate student studying photojournalism at UC Berkeley was sent to an emergency room with a fractured cheekbone and abrasions after four agitators attacked him for taking photos while they looted and vandalized Oakland businesses Wednesday night.

    Kyle Ludowitz, 27, was photographing a demonstration against President-elect Donald Trump that began peacefully but devolved as the night wore on into smaller groups, some of which destroyed storefronts or threw bottles at police officers.

    Ludowitz, who spent five years covering conflict zones in the Middle East, said he never experienced anything quite like the Wednesday night attack, in which both his cameras were destroyed.

    He said the people who attacked him on Broadway near 19th Street were anarchists in masks and that they began hitting and kicking him for taking photos. They tried to grab his cameras, too, he said.

    A few other protesters tried to step in to help him, Ludowitz said, but he was already injured and his cameras wrecked. He was later released from a hospital’s emergency room around 1 a.m.

    “Particularly with the election of Donald Trump, there’s a very strong sentiment against the media,” he said. “I was expecting more violence from the police, so this caught me off guard.”

    Ludowitz, who lives in Oakland, said he didn’t blame city residents for the violence, believing most of it was caused by people coming from other areas to subvert the demonstration.

    • Howard Peabody

      Felarca and her thugs did it.

      • SamXie

        A Cal student is assaulted and ends up in the emergency room, and the Daily cal doesn’t find it worthy of a mention. Was this a deliberate exclusion or was it just poor journalism?

        • lspanker

          It’s pretty clear where the Daily Cal SEB stands. It showers attention and sympathy on these supporters, and plays down their criminal actions, because the little brainwashed fools support their cause.