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This is an archive of the breaking news from 3/20 Anti-war protests in San Francisco. As the U.S. began bombing baghdad, the Bay Area took to the streets all day and night.
11:30PM: 600 People marching through the Haight.
10:15PM: Still 500 people marching strong. Pro-war protester confrontation reported at O'Farrell.
10:00PM: 500 marching down Howard. March is festive showing no signs of slowing down.
9:41PM: march of 1500 heading down 8th street from Market toward the highway
9:13PM: Crowd near 5th & Market. Large numbers of police assembled at intersection.
8:00PM: 6000 strong at Castro & Market Streets - unsuspecting onlooker assaulted by police on the sidewalk.
6:47PM: Fulsom at Essex and Fremont Street on ramps are shut
down by demonstrators. Market Street b/t 4th and 6th Streets are
shut down as well.
6:34PM: Howard & Fremont Streets - Crowd estimate now at
5000. Police motorcycles are reportedly zooming into the crowd.
Traffic on the Bay Bridge is backed up completely.
6:09PM: Upwards of 6000 people running down 2nd Street towards
3:57PM: 4000 people are headed towards 7th & Mission to rescue
some people that have been stuck there. Police seemed amazed by
the militancy and stamina of the protesters. There are reports
that those being arrested are being cited and released.
3:39PM: Thousands of people that were stuck at federal building
are now roaming the streets freely. Situation getting rough for
police at 6th & Market. There are reports of head injuries to
a few people. There is a sit-in happening at Post & Market with
a couple hundred people - no arrests yet. Arrested people are
being taken to either 850 Bryant or Pier 27. It is reported that
minors are being taken to Mission Station. In Berkeley, a few
dozen people are being arrested.
1:47PM: Reports of approximately 500 cops at 7th & Market. They
have only arrested a few people, they seem to be taking it slow.
Cops have confiscated people's "gear" and have piled it up in
middle of street. Cops are beating people with billy clubs.
1:38PM: 200 Black Bloc surrounded at 7th & Market about to get
arrested. We are hearing reports of people trying to break into
the federal building, there is a window broken.
1:30PM: Crowd is getting rowdy at 7th & Market. One cop down.
1:16PM: 2000 strong march is headed towards financial district,
with Black Bloc in the lead. Fire hydrant opened at Market & 8th.
12:46PM: Black Bloc forming at Polk & Grove
12:42PM: Appears to be a mass arrest happening soon at 7th &
Market. Police are pushing people down Market towards Civic Center.
Protesters are still at Market & Kearny and Market & Montgomery.
There is a large police presence at Federal Building. Police have
rubber bullets and pepper spray loaded - 90 police and hundreds
11:39AM: Fruitvale BART closed due to protests in Oakland.
11:35AM: 1500 people heading west on Market, crowd is growing.
11:31AM: People are being beat at 4th & Market
11:25AM: SFPD beating heads
at federal buildingand at 4th and market .
11:00 AM: SFPD beating at
3rd and Market 1st and howard blocked. 20+ CHP on far side
of bryant. 25 cars trapped betwween. Post and grant people are
pushing cars into the street. 1500 people leaving fremont and
howard and headed towards first to sit down.
10:35AM: BB at 4th and Mission
1st and howard blocked. 2+ CHP on far side of bryant. 25 cars
trapped betwween. Post and Grant people are pushing cars into
the street. Montgomery and Market-hundres of people, cops moving
in to arrest them
9:50AM: 1000 at Mission & 1st headed towards Market to meet
about 1000 people that have taken over Market & Montgomery and
have formed a liberated zone.
9:42AM: 600 People at Fremont & Howard. 30 CHP are on the scene.
9:15AM: Haight and Buchannan.
Traffic blocked up as far as eye can see.
8:55AM: Barricades at Stockton
and Grant. Channel 2 says “If you don’t have to
be downtown, don’t go.” and "As soon as protesters
are arrested, more sit down. This looks like it will go on all
day" and we have a BIG mess commuting" Woo-hoo!!!!! It's working.
8:55AM: Twenty people locked
down at Transamerica Bldg. Market and Davis blocked- 100 people.
People are trying to get to the Federal Bldg.
8:50AM: Police say half
force on street. Officers normally undercover reported to
be out in riot gear. Protests taking place “all over the
city”. Police say at least 15 intersections blocked. “Worst
traffic jams ever.” Report that at Montgomery and Clay police
filling barricades with water to prevent cars from driving into
the building. Gay Shame is holding Gough and Market- 200 people
8:41AM: A Jaguar just tried
to run over some protesters at Montgomery and Clay. Pigs setting
up water hoses .
8:30AM: Lockdown on Van
Ness near Market. People locked to big cement blocks. Police
are sawing people out. At Pine and people are blocking street
with newspaper racks. At Oak and Gough intersection blocked by
people with pink flags. Third and Market blocked by about twenty
people, no cops there yet.
8AM: Arrests beginning.500
people (police say 300)blocking Market at Sansome. Cop violence
reported outside UK consulate and outside Bechtel
7:55AM: Intersections being
blocked 3rd and Folsom, 5th And Mission, Mission and Van Ness,
Fell and Franklin (arrests about to happen), Fell and Van Ness,
Bush and Powell, Market and Sansome, Recruiting Station at Davis
St., Bechtel at Market and Beal, Harrison and Fremont freeway
ramp (300 people)
7AM: Dozens of actions
are planned in SF's Financial District which vow to shut down
the city. Thousands will plan to "call
in sick" when the war starts to help disrupt capitalism from
steamrolling on. action plans
9 AM: March from Hunter's
Point to downtown.