VIDEO: Black Lives Matter protests underway in Oakland, San Francisco

UPDATE: All on and off-ramps have re-opened.


SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Black Lives Matter protests are scheduled for Friday across the nation, including Oakland and San Francisco.

Both rallies  planned to start at 4 p.m.

Demonstrators are meeting at the Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in Oakland and at the Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco.

Organizers say the protests would be peaceful. Police are expecting large crowds to fill the streets in both cities.

At around 5 p.m., About 100 peaceful protesters were marching in the downtown area near City Hall. Traffic may be impacted, police said.

The Broadway off-ramp and on-ramp from I-880 is closed in Oakland due to protests.

The affiliations of the demonstration’s organizers could not be verified, but an estimated 100 to 200 protesters were seen marching around 5 p.m., some of whom were carrying a “Black Lives Matter” banner.

Police officers and helicopters were also at the scene.

But at 5:27 p.m., Oakland police tweeted the protesters have traveled to 6th and Broadway near Highway 880. Traffic has been impacted at the Broadway exit at this time.

“Approximately 100 protesters attempted to enter the freeway on 880 North, but they were unable to gain access,” Ofc. Marco Marquez said.

The march continued back to Frank Ogawa Plaza before detouring to 17th and Castro, police said.

Protesters were seen on video trying to get on I-980, but CHP quickly intercepted them before they were able to. Helicopter video showed a CHP officer swinging his baton at a protester, as a group tried to walk towards Interstate 980.

Protesters are gathered at the intersection of 17th and Brush. Traffic has been impacted in the area at this time.

Previous protests have targeted interstates.

In Oakland, the protest completely shut down I-880 at Broadway for hours. Then in San Francisco, rallies filled the streets and blocked on-ramps.

Protests are planned in dozens of other cities, including Los Angeles, Phoenix, Austin, and Chicago.

Stay with KRON4 News for full coverage of the protests.

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