- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Protesters in Northern California have interrupted a city council meeting in Oakland, locking arms and chaining themselves to an Oakland City Council chamber railing.

A live video feed of the meeting on the city council’s website showed about two dozen protesters at Tuesday meeting carrying a banner that read “The People’s City Council.”

The demonstrators oppose the sale of a city lot near Lake Merritt to private developers, which city council members were set to vote on during the meeting.

Protesters used a bullhorn to address people at the meeting and they chanted “We will not give up the fight. Housing is a human right.”

The meeting was adjourned. The group of demonstrators announced they would stay and hold a “people’s meeting” to demand city officials create affordable housing.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that organizers called for the meeting to wrap up about 9 p.m.


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