KTVU article; independent citizen reporters just left my apartment, having been dispatched to the scene; we'll keep you updated - jo-ann F., Oakland, CA.
A major San Francisco Bay area freeway has been shut down in both directions by college students protesting budget cuts at California campuses.
About 150 people who were part of a much larger group demonstrating in downtown Oakland clambered onto the I-880 freeway at the beginning of the evening rush hour Thursday.
Aerial footage shot by television station KTVU showed people with banners spread out across the road, forming a barrier to lines of cars that stood stopped some distance away.
KTVU says Oakland police are calling for more officers.
The freeway closure came at the end of a day of protests and rallies at college campuses nationwide to draw attention to rising tuition and class cuts.