After violence broke out at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday — and one person was killed when a man drove his car into a group of counter demonstrators — leftist protesters rallied peacefully in Oakland Saturday night.
About five hundred people marched around Lake Merritt before walking onto the Grand/Lakeshore exit of I-580 around 10 p.m. Drivers exiting the freeway looked confused as the marchers – many of them dressed in the Antifa style with a mask, black hoodie, and dark pants — shouted “Whose streets? Our streets!” before taking the highway.
Police also seemed caught flat-footed by the change of direction by the protesters. The Oakland Police Department had anticipated the potential march on the freeway and had blocked off the on-ramp to I-580. In response, protesters changed course to enter the opposite off-ramp as oncoming traffic left the highway.
“Are they really doing this?” one officer said, shaking her head in…