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Downtown Santa Rosa flash mob protests violence against women

  • A flash mob dances in front of the Santa Rosa Plaza Mall for violence against women on Thursday night Feb 14, 2013. Scott Manchester / The Press Democrat

About 350 people, mostly women of all ages, gathered today in downtown Santa Rosa to dance in solidarity with others around the world protesting violence against women and girls.

Participants in the event, dubbed One Billion Rising, gathered at Courthouse Square and walked over to Santa Rosa Plaza, where they staged a flash mob dance near the hand sculpture outside the mall.

The dancers, many clad in red and black, were cheered by the crowd. Several motorists honked or cheered in apparent solidarity as they drove by.

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