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arrests tonight in oakland
by nottahaus Wednesday, Nov. 03, 2004 at 4:18 PM

two people were arrested near forbes and oakland ave earlier tonight at the 'turn your grief into anger' march.

an energetic group of more than a hundred (?) marched around oakland following a rally on the steps of the software engineering institute around 6 pm tonight. despite annoying background noise from the pittsburgh police's cruiser loudspeaker, representatives of black voices for peace, code pink, and pittsburgh organizing group spoke, and the radical cheerleaders performed. the march went from the sidewalk to the bus lane on fifth ave, then turned down bigelow to forbes, where people joyously stomped on a red, white, and blue arc of balloons left over from an election party. many anti-war and anti-bush messages were voiced, as well as calls for systemic change, and support for local transit and health care issues, among other struggles that will be going on no matter who is elected.

the march then turned right on forbes; some marchers snaked through traffic, and others on the sidewalk, a couple flaming american flags were seen laying in the street, and bucket drummers were present. there was a pause on the corner of forbes and oakland aves, where police seemed to begin to push people onto the sidewalk. one person was arrested at this corner, not sure about the other. people continued moving down forbes to atwood st., up atwood to fifth, and back to sei on both the sidewalk and the bus lane, where a brief standoff, chants, and an annoucement about jail solidarity occured. people will be gathering tonight outside of the municipal ct house on second ave downtown to support those arrested and await information on charges, release, etc....

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