[UPDATE 5:35 p.m. Four Arrested] Protestors Block 4th Street; EPD Requests Backup From CHP and Sheriff’s Office
At approximately 3:30 p.m., the peaceful Women’s March that began around 1 p.m. in Eureka appeared to take on a more forceful aspect. Protesters blocked 4th Street between H and K Streets while chanting “Power to the People.” Over two thousand protesters gathered to begin the peaceful march were apparently joined by a separate group determined to protest more strongly. (See their call to action here.) The North Coast Journal called this a separate splinter protest by a local anarchist group.”
Eureka Police are facing down the protesters.
They have requested backup from the California Highway Patrol and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. Reportedly, pepper spray has also been requested.
There are reports of vandalism to a car at the bank parking lot on 4th and H.
Here’s a panoramic shot of the scene as the march began showing the large number of peaceful marchers.UPDATE 4 p.m.: The protesters march towards the Courthouse. Police are preparing for stronger measures if they feel they are needed. UPDATE 4:05 p.m.: Protesters have reached the Eureka Courthouse and are spilling into 5th Street. Avoid the area if possible. UPDATE 4:10 p.m.: The Eureka Police declares the protest unlawful and threatens arrests if the marchers don’t get off the streets.
UPDATE 4:20 p.m.: Law enforcement has made several arrests.
UPDATE 4:30 p.m.: Though the arrests are occurring right near the jail, those arrested are being loaded in a paddy wagon. Walking those arrested to the jail would require at least two officers to escort each prisoner which takes officers away from the scene where they are needed. A van allows multiple prisoner transports by one officer.UPDATE 4:48 p.m.: Most of the protesters have dispersed.
UPDATE 5:35 p.m.: Eureka Police Chief Andrew Mills tweeted, “Orderly march, small protest. Four arrest for blocking 101 traffic after multiple warnings. Too bad.”