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Anonymous OpBART Protest Shuts Down Four SF BART Stations & More, 8/15/11: photos, 2 of 2
On August 15th, a protest was called by Anonymous in San Francisco that shut down four downtown BART stations during the evening commute by simply walking from one station to the next. MUNI service was disrupted as well in the stations that BART chose to close rather than face protesters. Street-level buses and traffic were also effected during the march from Civic Center to Embarcadero. These photos are a continuation of the photo series begun at http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/08/16/18687876.php.
[Melyssa Jo Kelly, witness to the BART police killing of Charles Hill inside Civic Center station on July 3rd, joins the march on Market Street. Video interview with her at http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/08/16/18687914.php.]
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Marching through the Ferry Building must have freaked out SFPD as suddenly 20 or more officers appeared on the scene. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco_Ferry_Building
Protesters were able to hold the gate open before a sole BART PD officer guarding the entrance could close it
He swung and poked his nightstick through the gate opening, futilely attempting to discourage protesters from entering the station. Perhaps 10-15 made it through, and then rode trains to other stations.
Trying to hand fliers to SFPD, who stood idly by at the top of the stairs during struggle with Embarcadero entrance gate
"Inside the fare gates is a non-public forum and by law, by the Constitution, the U.S. Supreme Court, there is no right to free speech there."
- BART PR spokesperson Linton Johnson
It's unclear why California State University police were present. Also seen were San Francisco sheriff's deputies.
Anonymous OpBART Protest Shuts Down Four SF BART Stations & More, 8/15/11: Video