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Breaking News Reports from 1/21 Pro-choice March
this goes latest to earliest
Jan. 21st 2:43pm: Ghirardelli crowd slowly dispursing. Some pro-choice activists go to Marina to further confront right-wing marchers. Others head off toward Planned Parenthood candlelight vigil which begins at 5:00pm in Dolores Park.
Jan. 21st 2:04pm: Pro-choice activists having speak-out at Ghirardelli. Counter-demonstrators regroup as anti-choice marchers have proceeded through Fort Mason, where there are no longer sidewalks to shadow march. Anarchist Action appears not to be with regouping.
Jan. 21st 1:15pm: Front of march passing Jones, approaching Jefferson and Leavenworth.
Jan. 21st 1:09pm: Counter-demonstrators growing louder, spread out along length of march. Anti-choice marchers much more quiet than last year. Pier 39 tourists look on as the spectacle passes.
Jan. 21st 12:59pm: Police action about a block before Pier 39. Several people dressed in black were pacing the march behind some bushes and just as they came out, police swarmed in with motorcycles. A woman in that group had her backpack immediately searched as the group was contained. An Indybay reporter attempting to capture the scene was yanked backwards by her backpack by a cop, preventing a photo of the occurence.
Jan. 21st 12:36pm: March is paused at Sansome and Chestnut
Jan. 21st 12:20pm: BACORR has large contingent on sidewalks at front of anti-choice march. Pro-choice advocates are chanting, "Our bodies, our lives, our right to decide!" Anti-choice march temporarily stopped for unknown reason but now continuing.
Jan. 21st 12:08pm: Front of anti-choice march has passed Pier 7. Some scuffles. Several groups, including World Can't Wait and Anarchist Action, attempted to block march but were pushed back by police. Code Pink contingent is marching about 1/2 block in front of main march. Many people still leaving Justin Herman at tail end of anti-choice march.
Jan. 21st 11:58am: Anti-choicers assembling on Embarcadero for impending march. About 2 dozen motorcycle police circling in front of pro-choice contingent at Pier 7. Several anti-choice people amongst pro-choice crowd stirring things up. Yelling and arguments ensuing.
Jan. 21st 11:53am: Pro-choice crowd at Pier 7 has grown to about 1000. Speakers from various groups talk about importance of protecting a woman's right to choose. Police are lining up in the street to block pro-choicers from interfering with anti-choice march that will be passing by.
Jan. 21st 11:25am: Several hundred pro-choice supporters gathered at Pier 7, on Embarcadero before Broadway. Many groups visible: BACORR, Radical Women, Green Party, ISO, World Can't Wait, Peace & Freedom Party, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Anarchist Action, Raging Grannies
Jan. 21st 11:15am: Perhaps 10,000 anti-choicers assembled at Justin Herman Plaza. Religious figures speaking on stage at Justin Herman. Busloads of police in riot gear arriving behind stage. Some pro-choice counter-demonstrators in larger crowd; most are passing Pier 1 and heading to Pier 7.
Jan. 21st 10:34am: Pro-choice gathering location moved to Pier 7
Jan. 21st 9:07am: Stop the 'Walk for Life,' gather at 11am at pier 1 on embarcadero, across from justin herman plaza