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Anonymous #OpBART-3 Protest - BART PD, SFPD, Sheriffs, DHS, & DOJ, 8/29/11: photos, 2 of 2
On August 29th, the third OpBART demonstration called by Anonymous worked its way from Civic Center/UN plaza down the sidewalks of Market Street to the Powell Street, Montgomery Street, and Embarcadero BART stations in downtown San Francisco. As has become customary for these protests, BART PD, SFPD, SF Sheriff's Deputies, Department of Homeland Security officers, and the media were out in force. This time, however, protesters did not demonstration on station platforms and BART chose not to close any of the downtown stations. Protesters did speak out and chant against BART police violence in the non-paid areas of three stations, having been granted explicit permission at the Powell Street station by BART "Tactical Team" (i.e riot police) officer Franklin. These photos are a continuation of the series begun at http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/09/04/18689414.php.
[Pictured: Demonstrators enter Powell Street BART station]
Anonymous #OpBART-3 Protest - BART Still Hates Free Speech, 8/29/11: video
On Monday, September 5th , No Justice No BART will be holding a press conference inside the Embarcadero BART station to announce details of an upcoming action to be held at the Embarcadero station on Thursday, September 8th, at 4:30pm.
For more information:
At previous actions, SFPD covered the streets only: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/08/16/18687893.php#18687905.
Again, video from the entire action can be found at http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/08/31/18689178.php
Carol A. Russo, a "Senior Conciliation Specialist" with the Community Relations Service of the U.S. Department of Justice visited the two arrested while they were in SF County Jail. BART being ineffective in its attempts to stop protests against its police brutality, Russo offered to mediate between protesters and BART, including with BART's police chief Kenton Rainey. As to what exact concessions BART may or may not be willing to negotiate, if any, remains to be seen should activists ever decide to take Russo up on her offer.