In Solidarity With Ferguson, San Diego Protesters Shut Down 2 Freeways

by on November 26, 2014 · 8 comments

in California, Civil Disobedience, Civil Rights, Organizing, Politics, San Diego

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Screen shot from newscast showing demonstrators blocking I-5 north about 7 a.m. Wednesday morning, 11-26-14

Over the course of about 12 hours, protesters in San Diego blocked two freeways in solidarity with people in Ferguson, Missouri, upset with the decision by the Grand Jury not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

Last night, Tuesday, demonstrators in City Heights of San Diego moved down from University Avenue and blocked I-15 for a few minutes.  Some arrests were made by police.

Then this  morning, Wednesday, about 50 protesters from UCSD shut down I-5 northbound for about a half hour.  No arrests were made in this action.  The CHP persuaded the demonstrators to move off the freeway which they did. They then marched around La Jolla Village and ended up back on campus for a lengthy vigil in front of the Giesel Library.

Other demonstrators in San Diego on Tuesday night, gathered at the downtown Federal Building and then marched spontaneously down Broadway.

The UCSD blockade of I-5 began when demonstrators who drove their own vehicles onto the freeway, performed a traffic break, and then got out of the cars and stood across the freeway with banners and signs. A number of motorists were irate and there was at least one scuffle. No injuries to anyone were suffered.

 

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Mercy Baron OB Mercy November 26, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Freaking ridiculous! This is NOT the way to get your opinion across by hanging up hundreds of thousands of people on the highways…but DAMN did they get people’s attention or what?!

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Marc Snelling Marc Snelling November 27, 2014 at 9:46 am

If people listened to more moderate methods it wouldn’t come to this. Blocking freeways and bridges is never the first thing people try to get their opinion across.

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da john November 28, 2014 at 1:52 pm

I definitely agree with the sentiment. However, the people heading to work @ 7AM the day before the holiday are most likely not part of the problem here. Seems to be somewhat ironic that the construction workers and cleaning people that work downtown and couldn’t afford to take the Wednesday before Thanksgiving off were held up by the children of elites from an pseudo Ivy league institution.

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Marc Snelling Marc Snelling December 4, 2014 at 6:14 am

Keiha Souley, 35, was driving his taxi cab on Broadway when protesters blocked traffic. As he chanted along with demonstrators, he said he did not mind the delay.

“You’ve got to stand up sometime,” he said.

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da john December 4, 2014 at 9:43 am

Hey Marc, hate to split hairs, but that quote has nothing to do with my comment.

This was a cab driver already who either owns or leases his cab, he can afford to take a break when he decides to, he may have to work later in the day to make up the money he is missing out on.

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Marc Snelling Marc Snelling December 4, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Yes of course, those cab owners can afford so much more than cleaning people and construction workers.

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da john December 4, 2014 at 11:03 pm

Internet comment sarcasm FTW. Thank’s for the input Marc.

Any chance you would like to cite your quote or anything?

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Marc Snelling Marc Snelling December 5, 2014 at 7:47 am

Google his name and take your pick – Reuters, Daily Mail, CBS… it’s widely cited.

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