Hundreds protest in Oakland over deadly Virginia rally

Protesters march through Oakland, Calif., with some blocking traffic in both directions on Interstate 580, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Protesters marched in Oakland to decry racism in the wake of deadly violence that erupted at a white nationalist demonstration in Virginia. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Protesters march along Interstate 580 in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Protesters marched in Oakland to decry racism in the wake of deadly violence that erupted at a white nationalist demonstration in Virginia. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Several hundred protesters walk past Lake Merritt in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Protesters marche in Oakland to decry racism in the wake of deadly violence that erupted at a white nationalist demonstration in Virginia. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Larisa Roberts joins protesters in Oakland, Calif., during a counter protest to a rally by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

OAKLAND, Calif. — Protesters marched in California cities to decry racism in the wake of deadly violence that erupted at a white nationalist demonstration in Virginia.

In Oakland, hundreds of protesters gathered Saturday night to hear speakers and then marched peacefully downtown, chanting and waving signs and banners. Some of the protesters blocked Interstate 580 before being dispersed, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.

One of the downtown marchers carried a hand-crafted sign reading, "Call it what it is. White supremacy."

The hastily arranged gathering was a response to events earlier Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia. A car plowed into a crowd that was peacefully protesting a white nationalist rally, killing one person and injuring 19.

Authorities say the driver of the car, 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. of Ohio, was charged with second-degree murder.

A smaller rally held in Los Angeles Saturday evening was peaceful. Candlelight vigils were held in San Francisco and El Cajon in San Diego County.

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