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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Deadlock

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Shot from #Berkeley where protesters are still grouped in front of blocked train. Photo by @Benttinen: image via Rebecca Bowe @ByRebeccaBowe, 8 December 2014



Cops have us completely surrounded and are slowly closing in. Passing out zip-ties. #Berkeley #BlackLivesMatter #FTP: image via Not Frantz Fanon @violent fanon, 8 December 2014

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People are now singing Amazing Grace to the cops. #Berkeley #BlackLivesMatter #FTP: image via Not Frantz Fanon @violent fanon, 8 December 2014
 
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."Are we being detained, or are we free to go?" #Berkeley #BlackLivesMatter #FTP: image via Not Frantz Fanon @violent fanon, 8 December 2014

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Riot cops are scrambling. We are still being kettled. #Berkeley #BlackLivesMatter #FTP: image via Not Frantz Fanon @violent fanon, 8 December 2014

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Cops have us kettled, likely for mass arrest. #Berkeley #BlackLivesMatter #FTP
: image via Not Frantz Fanon @violent fanon, 8 December 2014


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Massive reinforcements just arrived. They have the numbers to clear us now. #Berkeley #BlackLivesMatter #FTP: image via Not Frantz Fanon @violent fanon, 8 December 2014

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We have trapped several cars in with our group so that the cops can't teargas us. #Berkeley #BlackLivesMatter #FTP: image via Not Frantz Fanon @violent fanon, 8 December 2014

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We aren't going anywhere. This freeway is ours. We have all the time in the world. #Berkeley #BlackLivesMatter #FTP: image via Not Frantz Fanon @violent fanon, 8 December 2014
 
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Cops came out in force in last ditch attempt to keep us off the bridge. #Berkeley #BlackLivesMatter #FTP
: image via Not Frantz Fanon @violent fanon, 8 December 2014


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Protesters blocking cop cars on freeway so they can't flank us. They are powerless. #Berkeley #BlackLivesMatter #FTP: image via Not Frantz Fanon @violent fanon, 8 December 2014

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I can't fucking believe it the cops just fell for the same trick AGAIN. What idiots. #Berkeley #BlackLivesMatter #FTP: image via Not Frantz Fanon @violent fanon, 8 December 2014

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Protesters use caltrans announcement billboard to block the freeway
. #Berkeley #BlackLivesMatter #FTP: image via Not Frantz Fanon @violent fanon, 8 December 2014

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Cops assembling at Ashby exit ahead to try to force us off the freeway
. #Berkeley #BlackLivesMatter #FTP: image via Not Frantz Fanon @violent fanon, 8 December 2014


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Marching down 80 freeway toward Oakland. Cops haven't been able to stop us so far. #Berkeley #BlackLivesMatter #FTP: image via Not Frantz Fanon @violent fanon, 8 December 2014

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Protesters blocking 80 freeway with barricades from side of road.
#Berkeley #BlackLivesMatter #FTP: image via Not Frantz Fanon @violent fanon, 8 December 2014


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Too far down to know if we stopped it or if cops did for us. #Berkeley #BlackLivesMatter #FTP: image via Not Frantz Fanon @violent fanon, 8 December 2014

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Rest of protesters joining back up with freeway splinter group. No stopping us now. #Berkeley #BlackLivesMatter #FTP: image via Not Frantz Fanon @violent fanon, 8 December 2014

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"Who do you protect!?" #Berkeley #BlackLivesMatter #FTP: image via Not Frantz Fanon @violent fanon, 8 December 2014

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Cops finally realized what they were about to do & stopped pushing. Psychopaths. #Berkeley #BlackLivesMatter #FTP: image via Not Frantz Fanon @violent fanon, 8 December 2014


Fence keeps buckling. Don't expect it to hold if cops keep pushing. People will die.
#Berkeley #BlackLivesMatter #FTP: image via Not Frantz Fanon @violent fanon, 8 December 2014


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Holy fuck cops pushing protesters with nowhere to go HARD on this pedestrian bridge. #Berkeley #BlackLivesMatter #FTP: image via Not Frantz Fanon @violent fanon, 8 December 2014

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Riot cops arrived and violently shoved people off the freeway.
#Berkeley #BlackLivesMatter #FTP: image via Not Frantz Fanon @violent fanon, 8 December 2014


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People on pedestrian bridge over the 80 freeway. #Berkeley #BlackLivesMatter #FTP: image via Not Frantz Fanon @violent fanon, 8 December 2014

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At 6th & University headed to the freeway. Cops think they can stop all 3,000 of us. #Berkeley #BlackLivesMatter #FTP: image via Not Frantz Fanon @violent fanon, 8 December 2014
 

At 6th & University headed to the freeway. Cops think they can stop all 3,000 of us. #Berkeley #BlackLivesMatter #FTP: image via Not Frantz Fanon @violent fanon, 8 December 2014
 
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My guess on attendance tonight is 3,000, compared to around 500 last night. #Berkeley #BlackLivesMatter #FTP: image via Not Frantz Fanon @violent fanon, 8 December 2014
 
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Just arrived. Crowd much larger, more diverse than last night. #Berkeley #BlackLivesMatter #FTP: image via Not Frantz Fanon @violent fanon, 8 December 2014


Police block hundreds of protesters from going any further on freeway #berkeleyprotests #Berkeley #protest @elteco
: image via Santiago Mejia @SantiagoMejia, 8 December 2014 Emeryville, California



hundreds, maybe over 1000 on I580 in #Berkeley now #berkeleyprotests: image via chris longenecker @clongenecker, 8 December 2014


Traffic Alert: I-80 in #Berkeley a virtual stand still in both directions. Protesters hollering at CHP from side: image via Evan Sernoffsky @EvanSernoffsky, 8 December 2014

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UPDATE Protesters shut down I-80 near University Avenue in #Berkeley
: image via KTVU @KTVU, 8 December 2014



       RT @Patriot0987: #Berkeley #ICantBreathe Protesters walking through traffic on freeway: image via Berkeleyside @berkelyside 8 February 2014

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I-80 on SHUTDOWN #Berkeley
: image via Nyanomous, 8 December 2014


#Berkeley #ICantBreathe Police surrounding protesters on highway
: image via John Smith @Patriot0987, 8 February 2014



Civil disobedience RT @KTVU: UPDATE Protesters have blocked traffic on both sides of I-80 at University in #Berkeley: image via Pam Davis, MA @Pam_A_Davis, 8 February 2014


Protestors shut down 80 just south of University. #berkeley #berkeleyprotests
: image via JACK 0@d1n24, 8 December 2014
 

RT @ericsmillie: Dramatic photo of #berkeley protests stopping 580. People are powerful when they work together: image via Revolution News @NewsRevo, 8 February 2014
 

 #Berkeley Bart is on complete lockdown tonight due to protests. #berkeleyprotests: image via anis @H0XH4, 8 December 2014


NOW: Dozens of protesters blocking an Amtrak train at #Berkeley station #berkeleyprotests @H0XH4: image via Breaking911 @Breaking911, 8 February 2014
 

LIVE updates: Protesters lying on train tracks, blocking Amtrak train in #Berkeley protests
: image via SFGate @SFGate, 8 December 2014



We are back at the train, which is still blocked. #Berkeley #ericgarner photo: @Benttinen: image via Rebecca Bowe @ByRebeccaBowe, 8 December 2014

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1000's of people block University Avenue near I-80 in #Berkeley: image via Revolution News @NewsRevo, 8 February 2014
 

LIVE: Police line set up to stop #Berkeley protesters from going onto I-80: image via ABC7 News @abc7newsBayArea, 8 December 2014

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@OpBerkeley Biggest protests yet in #Berkeley over a thousand heading towards the 580 Freeway now #berkeleyprotests
: image via #ThisStopsToday @thisstopstoday, 8 December 2014



Protesters in #Berkeley Shut Down I-80 #BerkeleyProtests: image via Global Revolution TV @GlobalRevLive, 8 December 2014





2 comments:

Wooden Boy said...

Great photos, Tom. I hope they can keep it in the press as long as possible.

There are a lot of echoes for people here.

TC said...

The virulence of the resentment against conditions of life in the police state could hardly take by surprise anyone who's lately ventured into the streets of an American city without the protective shelter of an automobile.

On the other hand, as you would expect, the backlash of the putatively offended, the ostensibly alarmed, locks predictably into place. This empowers what is in fact a more rather than less aggressive response on the part of the dragoons, as things play out.

The press as such is under threat and in order to survive will perhaps -- "not unlike you and me" -- require a bit of luck, at this point.