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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

BART Protest Leads to About 40 Arrests

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 7:45 AM

click to enlarge Commuters felt like protesting protesters
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SF Weekly had signed off last night shortly before 7 p.m., after telling commuters they were in the clear to go home -- all BART stations had reopened. But by the time we had reached BART to head home, the Civic Center and Powell stations were closed again as protesters continued roving demonstrations throughout the evening.

BART reportedly opened and closed Powell Street station four times last night and Civic Center Station three times last night, frustrating commuters, including your narrator who was rerouted to 16th Street sometime after 8 p.m.

Protesters then took their cause to the streets, creating chaos as more than 200 demonstrators marched down Market Street; By 9 p.m., 35 people had been arrested outside the Main Library near Civic Center station, bringing the total arrest count to more than 40, Officer Albie Esparza told SF Weekly.

This is the third protest since the July 3 shooting of Charles Hill, a 45-year-old transient who police say was armed with knives when they shot him to death on the platform at the Civic Center station. The rush-hour protests have been organized by the group Anonymous, which also hacked into BART's website, releasing personal information of both passengers and police officers, including addresses, logins, and passwords.

The Twitter feed that purports to be linked to Anonymous fired off several tweets last night encouraging the demonstration:

protests are about unlawful killings and censorship. Don't kill us then try to censor the ensuing protest.

Another tweet warned of more protests to come next week: "We'll go even bigger next week. MacArthur? Ashby? West Oak? I'm ready."

Here's the scene from last night:

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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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