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    Protests Planned for Oakland Mayor's Ban on Nighttime Protests
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    Authorities acting under a new get-tough policy for monitoring street protests arrested or cited dozens of demonstrators for ignoring police orders to end a demonstration in Oakland.

    Two protests of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf's ban of nighttime protests are being planned in the city for Friday and Saturday.

    Occupy Oakland has organized two protests called "F--- The Curfew!" 

    The first protest is scheduled during Friday's installment of First Fridays at 8 p.m. on Telegraph Avenue and 23rd Street, while the second protest is planned for 9 a.m. on Saturday at Lake Merritt Amphitheater.

    These follow Saturday's protest march of the ban that took place in Oakland Streets after dark, according to SFGate.

    Schaaf confirmed to East Bay Express on May 22 that she initiated the ban of what she deemed unlawful assemblies at night, but that there had been no actual policy changes or enactment of new ordinances.

    "We are making better use of our existing policies to prevent vandalism and violence," she told the publication. "Our intent is to ensure that freedom of expression is not compromised by illegal activity and that demonstrators, bystanders, and property are kept safe.”

    Still, many protesters and some legal experts believe the ban is unconstitutional.