An overpass light brigade sign to "FREE MANNING" was held over route 163 on University Avenue. The diverse crowd moved to the 9th Street intersection for a short rally of speakers.
After a public show of hands, the enthusiastic demonstrators took to the streets. The group managed to walk several blocks before the police swept in. The cops attempted to force the protesters on to the sidewalk with their squad cars but to little avail. The parade of marchers and large banners took up a lot of public space.
The protest march drew plenty of attention from bar patrons. The de facto police escort provided a disco light show to entertain the public at large. At the end of the strip near 2nd the activists reversed course and took the streets again. Everyone made it back to the bridge overpass safely and with no arrests.
Videos and photos by Syd Stevens.
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