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Five Arrests Made During Oakland George Zimmerman Verdict Protest

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Hundreds of protesters angry with the acquittal of a neighborhood watch volunteer for a fatal shooting in Florida are marching through downtown Oakland this evening. The protest is the third in three days in Oakland following the announcement Saturday that George Zimmerman was found not guilty of the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin after a confrontation where he followed Martin believing he was suspicious.

The protest briefly blocked traffic on Interstate Highway 880 and about five people have been arrested, police said. Police could not immediately disclose where and why they were arrested. The rally began at about 6 p.m. in Frank Ogawa Plaza and was initially led by a team of protesters on bicycles — some who decorated their wheels in an Oakland style known as “Scraper Bikes.”

After departing the plaza, protesters marched past Oakland police headquarters, briefly onto the highway before being dispersed by Oakland police and California Highway Patrol officers, and then through Chinatown and toward Lake Merritt. There were scattered reports of vandalism — including Dumpsters pulled into the street — but not at the level of destruction that happened Saturday night when numerous downtown businesses had windows smashed or were covered in spray paint.

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