Hours after violence broke out at a white nationalist rally in Virginia on Saturday -- and one person was killed when a man drove his car into a group of counter-demonstrators -- people marched through Oakland to denounce white supremacy.
A few hundred people marched around Lake Merritt before walking onto the Grand/Lakeshore exit of I-580 late Saturday. Drivers exiting the freeway looked confused as the marchers, many of them clad in Antifa-gear -- wearing a mask, black hoodie and dark pants, shouted, “Whose streets? Our streets!” before taking the highway.
“We have to bring attention to what’s happening in Charlottesville and to show that we will resist Trump and this fascist regime,” a woman wearing a mask told KQED. “We will not tolerate white supremacy. So we have to get in the way of people’s normal days, we have to cause a little bit of disruption … peaceful disruption.”
The move by protesters marked a day of domestic outrage nationwide after an Ohio man was arrested for killing a counter-protester and injuring many others following a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. James Alex Fields Jr., 20, was charged with second-degree murder after allegedly plowing his Dodge Challenger through a crowd of people.
Two Virginia State Police troopers investigating the day's events also died when the helicopter they were in crashed in Albemarle County, where Charlottesville is located, according to the state police.