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A short archive of breaking news during the demonstrations on 3/21/03
San Francisco Day 2 - Emergency Protests Continue - Breaking News for 3/21:
- 10:29PM: People at 850 Bryant are requesting that food and blankets be brought down to them. Also, they need more people to get down there in solidarity.
- 10:08PM: Hundreds of protesters at 850 bryant. They need food and a sound system. Tons of police there. Reports of a SWAT team, police with tear gas, riot gear. it is getting intense. No corporate media is there - Please call - and try to get some cameras there ASAP!!
- 8:22PM: Lots of people arrested. Reports of the cops trapping marchers. 6 helicopters, 19 squad cars, and hundreds of police overwhelmed the march and trapped people. Still a group of people marching through the Mission
- 8:12PM: Mass arrest is about to happen at Franklin & Fulton. Police are arresting people indiscriminately - people just standing on sidewalk . Also, a report of a raid on a squat at Market between 10th & 11th. Location of Punks Against the War. No reports of arrests at squat so far.
- 7:58PM: Critical Mass is riding around San Francisco, about 300 bikes. 50-100 motorcycle cops are following them. CM is splitting up when motorcycles get too heavy.
- 7:27PM: Bicyclists no longer trapped. Group of bicyclists headed downtown to help support people trapped near Civic Center in an ally (McAllister & Franklin). Other marches going to fiind trapped people. Van Jones was near trapped grouped and doing interviews with corporate media about police misconduct and how their current behaviour is completely illegal. Protesters climbed into trees, a fire truck was brought in to get them out. Call out to head down there if you can.
- 6:55PM:30 bicyclists trapped at 16th & mission!!!
- 6:45PM: 200 people on Market, going east towards 14th. Police are on their way.
- 6:16PM: 300-400 people are being arrested at Hayes - this is the same crowd that was trapped at Larkin & Market. Police are pulling people off the sidewalks, and it is reported there was no disperal order announced.
- 6:09PM: 3000 around Market/Franklin. Police split crowd in half.
- 6:04PM 300-400 people are trapped and surrounded by riot cops and Larkin & Market. Lots more cops headed towards them. Another group of protesters are trapped also at Grove.
- 5:33PM: 1000 people at Powell & Market, numbers growing fast. People had taken over the cable car turnaround. Earlier in the day protesters shut down Crocker Galleria (an upscale shopping mall for rich people.) People were also in front of USA building chanting "Tell the
Truth". There were hundreds of cops out on the streets. There were reports of police stopping and searching people on the streets for no reason.
- 11:00AM: 1000 people reconverge at Montgomery & Market, march to Sansome. Hundreds of police present.