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Three arrests in Long Beach Prop. 8 march

November 8, 2008 |  9:54 am

More than 2,000 demonstrators marched through Long Beach Friday night, protesting the recent passage of Proposition 8.

The noisy march started about 7:30 p.m. and within an hour had taken over Broadway.

At one point, police formed a human barrier to separate the marchers from a handful of residents who shouted in support of Proposition 8. “They were so outnumbered, we were concerned for their safety,” said David Marander, a spokesman for Long Beach Police, which worked closely with the event's organizers.

By 10:15 p.m., the demonstration had largely ended, but a few dozen marchers refused to disperse, leading to a brief confrontation with police. Three demonstrators were arrested for attempting to lead marchers off the approved route, said Marander, but overall, the demonstration went "extremely well," he said.

-- Jason Felch and Alexandra Zavas