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Monday, August 22, 2011

BART Protest Scheduled Today, Find Another Ride Home

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 8:45 AM

click to enlarge This guy is not your ride home - MICHAEL SHORT
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The notorious hacking group, Anonymous, has called for another evening BART protest, one that promises to be "bigger" and more miserable than what commuters saw last week when demonstrators put 96 BART cars out of service during rush hour.

A Twitter feed that's purportedly connected to the group, indicated the protest would happened again at 5 p.m. at Civic Center station. "Linton Johnson, Expect Us (And A Copy OF The Constitution) -2," the tweet reads.

BART issued a warning of its own, telling commuters there is a good change the transit agency will have to shutdown stations -- again.

BART had sent out a memo earlier this month, warning of protests throughout August. The rallies are being organized in response to the July 3 fatal

shooting of 45-year-old Charles Hill.

The first protest was scheduled two weeks ago, but it never happened after BART cut cell-phone service for more than four hours at several stations, attempting to block the protesters from coordinating. This only riled protesters more, and last week they gathered at the Civic Center station, where they blocked train doors and climbed on cars, forcing BART  to close down three stations and halt service.

Over the weekend, BART sent a letter out to riders, defending its decision to cut cell-phone service as a way to try and prevent protesters from coordinating demonstrations.

According to the letter:

On August 10, BART Police obtained further information regarding the individuals' plans for color-coded teams to conduct lawless activity on the platforms. The additional information disclosed detailed organizational coordination among multiple "affinity groups" in addition to the organization that had sponsored the July 11 disruption.

The August 10 intelligence revealed that the individuals would be giving and receiving instructions to coordinate their activities via cell phone after their arrival on the train platforms at more than one station. Individuals were instructed to text the location of police officers so that the organizers would be aware of officer locations and response times. The overall information about the planned protest led BART to conclude that the planned action constituted a serious and imminent threat to the safety of BART passengers and personnel and the safe operation of the BART system, at a level that could far exceed the protest of July 11.

In response to the cellphone disruption, Anonymous hacked into two BART websites, including the police department's site. It released personal information, including names, addresses, passwords and logins, of both BART officers and passengers.

SF Weekly talks to the Anonymous hacker, who claims to be a French woman. Read the full story here.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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