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Breaking News From Jan 22 Pro Choice March
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Saturday Jan 22nd, 2005 1:54 PM
Updates From The Streets
3:01pm Pro-choice counter-protesters again thrown off the edge of Marina Green without being told where they will be permitted to protest. Steel barricades are being set up by SFPD.

2:46pm Pro-choice protesters are being thrown out of Marina Green by SFPD; the main pro-choice march is being kept away from the area. Protesters are trying to determine where they will be allowed to protest.

2:42pm Pro-choice marchers reportedly being allowed through Fort Mason. Other pro-choice protesters and the bike bloc are on Marina Blvd.

2:30pm Anti-choice march at Aquatic Park, along with a small contingent of pro-choice protesters.

2:23pm Pro-choice protesters marching parallel to anti-choice march toward Marina Green.

2:00pm Pro-choice crowd boxed in near Leavenworth and Beach. The cops are pushing pro-choice protesters out of the streets and without a sidewalk this is preventing them from following the anti-choice march.

1:59pm Protesters used civil disobedience to temporarily stop anti-choice march near Fisherman's Wharf.

1:55pm Anti-choice spokesperson describes large number of loud counter-protesters along their march, which is still heading toward Marina Green.

1:14pm Sizeable anti-choice march of several thousand in the street on Embarcadero; smaller pro-choice march is on the sidewalk.

12:25pm Pro-choice march is rallying loudly at Justin Herman Plaza, confronting the anti-choice march as it heads up the Embarcadero.

12:11pm Around five thousand people taking part in the pro-choice march, about double the anti-choice march.

12:00pm Anti-choice march will be marching to Marina Green (end of Fillmore Street). Pro-choice protest will gather at Aquatic Park (end of Hyde Street) at 1:00pm.

11:50am Anti-choice speaker called for "inclusiveness" and "tolerance" in the Democratic party. Last speaker, a reverend, is now taking the mic at the anti-choice rally, invoking the name of Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement. Message of rally is "women deserve better than abortion."

11:26am Anti-choice rally, with a crowd of at most two to three thousand, continues at Justin Herman Plaza; award was given to a woman who decided to deliver even though her life was at risk. The pro-choice march is marching down Market St toward Embarcadero, now 150 yards from the anti-choice rally.