December 8, 2014

Protest in Berkeley CA

Filed under: Commentary — Tags: — Bob Patterson @ 3:34 pm

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The plan to start the Sunday evening protest in Berkeley at UCB at 5 p.m., was disrupted by a memorial candle light vigil service for a recently deceased student. The Ferguson protesters respectfully changed their plans for starting their event in the same place at the same time.


The marchers grew impatient and the march started off down Telegraph Ave about 5:30 p.m.


In downtown Berkely (at approximately 7 p.m.) the marchers pauses for some speeches.


This columnist couldn’t keep up with the young marchers and journalists, so we went home.


About 12:30 a.m. early Monday morning we heard helicopters near the location of the Berkeley Bowl. We got up, grabbed our Nikon Coolpix and went to see what was happening.


The protesters were walking down Shattock in silenece.


We encountered the owner of the Roxy Deli keeping guard on his business.

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We spotted a buring trash bin and noted that a photographer from the UCB student newspaper, the Daily Cal (Californian) and a photographer from Reuters were on hand to record the event for posterity.


A fellow in a van yelled to the Roxy owner and this columnist: “I can’t breathe, I’m laughing at the Police.”


A young person relayed the rumor that if there is another protest on Monday, the National Guard will be called out. We have to fact check that allegation.


We did note that we had raw material for writing yet another column outlining how a major news event is too unwieldy for citizen journalists to cover without backup.


We have a smorgasbord of topics for use in future columns.


Our late night photo safari produced images of a burning trash bin and some broken windows.


Early on Monday morning, we took additional photos to document the riot damage.


We noted that a car had been parked adjacent to a broken window.


Apparently our plan to take an extended hiatus from column writing was another example of a “victim” of the Berkeley response to some unpopular recent grand jury decisions outside California


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