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Tue Jun 8 2004
West Coast Protests G8; Police Reclaim Streets
Tue Jun 8 2004
G8 SF
6/8/04: In a massive display of multi-agency overtime, city, state and federal police forces effectively shutdown the West Coast anti-G8 message and reasserted their hold on SF's main thoroughfares, at least for today. SF Reclaim the Streets had called for a mutant-themed anti-G8 Reclaim the Streets action in San Francisco today at 5 p.m. The sound system and costumed mutants gathered at UN Plaza, threw a stationary street party and then took to Market Street. Within a few blocks, however, a sizeable portion of the mass was encircled by SFPD, California Highway Patrol and Federal Protective Services. Officers reportedly offered the corralled demonstrators a chance to be either "cited and released" or arrested -- although when Freak Radio Santa Cruz correspondent Bradley attempted to leave the encirclement, he was beaten by police. Police ended up making around 150 arrests at 5th and Market Streets. Meanwhile, police attacked and beat with sticks a number of protesters, bystanders and a homeless man outside the encirclement. Several protesters were grabbed off the sidewalk and arrested for no reason at all, including several who had been photographing police violence. Police paddywagons blocked buses and trollies for over 4 hours. Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | Video | Audio
After a few days, protesters who had been arrested at morning actions or the Reclaim the Streets began to report that they had seen and ?experienced brutality in the San Francisco County Jail.
Monday, June 6th, over one hundred people marched on the Mexican consulate to protest the continued detention and torture of demonstrators arrested at the ALCUE trade summit in Guadalajara, Mexico. Photos

The neoliberal policies of the G8 have faced popular protest ever since President Clinton instigated its formation in 1997. This year's summit on Sea Island, Georgia, was accompanied by state-imposed martial law, including a federal takeover of security throughout coastal Georgia. No G8 | Atlanta Indymedia
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