Last night dancing protesters gathered to make noise outside the temporary holding jail where hundreds of people are detained. They wanted to show solidarity with their friends and family members locked up, most of whom were released without charges after hours of detention deprived of food, water, warmth and dignity.
The protest was peaceful. The people were trying to stay on the sidewalk. A police loudspeaker told people they had 20 minutes, then had to leave. I was with friends who are street medics. Although they did not think the order to disperse was warranted, or legal, we prepared to go. We did no want to get arrested. But it was too late. Lines of riot cops blocked every exit. Meanwhile, they issued a second warning: If you do not leave, you will be arrested. It was surreal.