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Breakaway march F15 pictures
13 photos from the breakaway march on February 16th.
The breakaway march lasted over 3 hours. There were several points with pretty significant escalation.
1. A group of 1000 marchers went near Union square where hundreds of police blocked streets which would have allowed them to get to the square. At one point, a number tried to run between police horses to get through and were pushed back. Some objects4Re thrown in the air.
3. Someone burned their flag on market street
4. People stood by the mall at Powell for a long time. Near this time, police were not on the south side of the street and a few people wrote graffiti on boards, advertisements, and buses. Someone broke the Abercromei Fitch window.
7-8. After looping around, and watching 5 people stand on a trolley, folks went down Market street, and we found ourselves in a situation where there were police lines not allowing anyone to pass on both sides. This seemed like the classic SF mass arrest situation, but there were a large number of local residents, grannies for peace, people in wheelchairs, tourists, etc. who got trapped in too. A commander type made an announcement at one end that people who didn't want to be arrested should leave to the east, however, on the east line, police weren't letting people through except for a few gaps at one side that you had to dash through. After a minute or two with some shoving, people got into the intersection by BART.
9. People suddenly acted very enraged at this point, incited by the blockade situation a moment earlier. When a group of police horses came in, some people were throwing objects at the police and walking right up to them with no fear of being hurt. The horses started running around.
10-12. People were running around, wondering if another mass arrest situation was likely, but lots of people came from the regular march, and others left on BART. As the police on horses and on foot started trying to clear the intersection, many people didn't seem to fear being hurt, and surrounded the horses. Police arrested about 3 people on the south side of the street where the view was blocked. One or two were violently beat by groups of police with batons. Others grouped up onto the sidewalk and surrounding parking lots taking pictures and watching. Then a several hour situation of stasis occurred where people weren't moving anywhere and police guarded the traffic on market street. As a captain showed up, a big group surrounded his car.