“I saw some men light a dumpster on fire, and I made the choice of putting out the fire” says the as-yet-unidentified victim. “The men returned, and it very very quickly escalated, and they started punching me.”
The attack happened on Telegraph Ave. in North Oakland, CA.
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Bystanders began to gather, and though they did not intervene, the attackers soon let up and continued on their way.
The man says he was punched about a dozen times, lost his 2 front teeth, and his glasses were bent. Despite this, he says “Absolutely I have gone back out and joined the protests again,” but he won’t be going alone and won’t be going to any night time demonstrations.
Amazingly, he still takes some of the blame. “What happened to me happened because I was alone” and says it’s irresponsible to be a lone ranger, while urging others “to not go alone.”
(Story from KRON 4, Bay Area)