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BART has repeatedly claimed that they do not allow free speech inside of the fare gates of BART stations -- and, indeed, the transit agency arrested numerous demonstrators in August for simply speaking out against their police department's violence from within BART fare gates. BART's "free speech zones" are outside of the fare gates, the agency has made plain. And so No Justice No BART and allied groups called for a "Spare the Fare" demonstration in the non-paid area of the Powell Street station on September 8th. Despite the pledges of BART board members, police, and administrators that BART respects free speech, and despite the fact that protesters were not blocking fare gates but merely chanting and holding signs, BART riot police gave no official dispersal order in the Powell station and surrounded dozens of demonstrators and journalists for arrest. This reporter was specifically targeted by BART police for arrest, by officers well aware of the over two and a half years of critical reporting on BART-related issues which can be primarily found at http://www.indybay.org/oscargrant.
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