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No Justice No BART Keeps the Heat on BART at Rockridge Station, Oakland, 3/19/09: photos
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No Justice No BART chose the BART station in the upscale Rockridge neighborhood for their second demonstration. They are holding a series of actions seeking full accountability for those responsible for the abuse and murder of Oscar Grant, including those involved in the subsequent cover-up attempts. BART's own riot police, or "Tactical Team," didn't wait for the protest to start this time -- they were already set up with chemical and other weapons ready to go and barricades around the escalators before the protest even began. Despite not having completely shut down a station to date, it was a lively demonstration with a solid and diverse crowd of people. Countless passersby unrelated to BART passengers stepped into the demonstration area throughout to listen to speakers and take stickers and fliers. Passengers largely seemed startled by the armed militia at the bottom of the escalators and hurried on their way. In the end, demonstrators reaffirmed their commitment to the campaign for justice by agreeing to target the MacArthur BART station in Oakland next, and stations onward, with increasing numbers until justice for Oscar Grant is reached.

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