Anti-war protesters smashed storefronts, shattered car windows and threw paint during a march through downtown Oakland, targeting banks, City Hall and other buildings, police said Monday. No one was arrested during the Sunday night protest, which coincided with the 11th anniversary of the start of the war in Afghanistan. About 200 people gathered at Frank Ogawa Plaza outside Oakland City Hall about 6 p.m.
The crowd then left the plaza and took a circuitous route down Franklin and 20th streets and Telegraph Avenue before returning to the plaza. During the march, protesters broke glass windows at several banks, City Hall, the Oakland police internal affairs and recruiting office and several other buildings. They also threw paint at the Oakland Tribune office and smashed windows of parked cars. Police said they did not have enough officers to safely quell the vandalism and did not make any arrests.