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BLM Protest in Los Gatos Leads to Gridlock on Hwy 17

ByRichard Moran

Jul 19, 2020
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Protesters in support of the Black Lives Matter movement faced off with counter-protesters in Los Gatos Sunday afternoon.

The protest, which was scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., started in the area of Main Street and Santa Cruz Avenue, according to a Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department tweet.

“We are here protesting in Los Gatos because the people here are constantly closing their eyes and closing their ears to what is going on,” said Kiana Simmons, a woman who attended Sunday’s protest.

Approximately 100 demonstrators marched from Town Plaza Park down to Blossom Hill Road and back.

During the demonstrations, vehicle traffic was stopped due to protesters blocking the area.

Authorities advised the public to avoid the area.

According to Doug Moretto, a retired police captain, a flyer was circulated in the Los Gatos area earlier during week that frightened residents.

Moretto said the flyer suggested vandalism and the shut down of businesses.

In addition to Black Lives Matter supporters, a group of people holding American flags, some with a blue line indicating support for law enforcement, showed up at the gathering and stood on a corner adjacent to the planned protest.

Moretto said there was no confrontation at the protest, but rather groups of people exercising their right of free assembly and right of free speech.

No damages or injuries were reported during the protest.

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Richard Moran

Richard Moran loves to write about sports with the Golden State Online. Before that, he worked as a senior writer at ESPN. Richard grew up in San Diego and graduated from the University of San Diego in 2004, after which he worked as an editor for five years.

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