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Monday, August 29, 2011

Anonymous: BART Protest Tonight Shouldn't Force Station Closures

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 8:20 AM

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  • Don't blame Anonymous

Anonymous, the hacking group better known these days for circulating lewd photos of BART spokesman Linton Johnson, is trying to take a more organized and civilized approach to today's BART protest so as to not disrupt service like it did during the last two demonstrations.

The group circulated a message over the weekend asking protesters to follow the new guidelines that members say should keep BART from closing down stations.

According to the group's website:

"The conduct of attendees to the protests has been similarly

counterproductive -- impeding station function and shutting down Market

Street does nothing but turn popular opinion against our cause and

provide the police with an easy way to vilify us in the eyes of the

public. Straying outside of the immediate area of BART stations also

places us within the jurisdiction of the San Francisco Police

Department--against whom we have NO IMMEDIATE ISSUE."

The group then laid out the new rules for tonight's protest, which is scheduled at 5 p.m. outside the Civic Center station. Anonymous is asking demonstrators to assemble outside the station so that BART will have no justification for shutting down stations.

Another new rule: Pick your target. "Stop randomly marching around," the group writes on its website. "Marching up and down Market does not expose us significantly more than

it would if we stayed put, and staying put again deprives the police and

media of their "unreasonable protesters shut down civic infrastructure"


Last week, BART closed two stations throughout the evening, saying the ongoing protests was a safety concern. It frustrated commuters, who were rerouted to other destinations and in some cases, when Muni was too packed, forced to walk. It was the second week in a row that the protests shutdown BART stations. However, Anonymous claims it's not protesters fault.

"BART wants you to believe that they are closing stations because we are a risk to safety. This is an obvious farce. They are trying to turn the public against us by intentionally frustrating commuters," the group writes. "We are only interested in exercising our free speech."

BART is still warning that stations could be closed tonight.

Happy Monday.

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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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