BART Protesters March For 5th Consecutive Monday

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — About two-dozen anti-BART protesters marched along San Francisco’s Market Street Monday evening in the fifth consecutive Monday rush-hour demonstration organized by the hacker group “Anonymous.”

The marchers were protesting the fatal BART police shooting of Charles Hill and the decision by BART to disrupt cellphone service to thwart an Aug. 11 protest that was planned in response to the shooting.

“BART doesn’t seem to care that they kill people on a regular basis or they trample on the First Amendment,” a well-dressed protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask told a group of reporters outside the Civic Center station.

The protesters were shadowed by an equally large group of reporters and dozens of police officers as they walked briskly, chanting, “No justice, no peace; disband the BART police” and “Oscar Grant and Charles Hill – BART police, they shoot to kill.”

BART service was not affected by tonight’s protest, unlike previous protests that have shut down stations. A demonstration last Thursday organized by the group “No Justice, No BART” resulted in 25 arrests and the closure of the Powell Street station.

Monday’s protest began at 5 p.m., and protesters were still circling the Civic Center area shortly before 7 p.m., walking mostly on the sidewalk.

Earlier in the evening, the group was briefly overshadowed when they crossed paths with two naked men on Market Street. Well-known San Francisco protester Frank Chu, of “12 galaxies” fame, trailed the demonstrators with one of his signature signs as they wound through the streets, stopping briefly in front of City Hall to chant.

Hill, 45, was fatally shot on the platform of the Civic Center BART station by BART police on July 3 after he allegedly wielded knives and a broken bottle as weapons during a confrontation with two officers.

Since then, protests by Anonymous and No Justice, No BART have become a weekly event. Anonymous’ Twitter page contained instructions for protesters Monday.

“Stand on the platforms, don’t move,” the page read. “Hold a banner saying why you are there.”

A BART spokesman has defended the agency’s decision to disrupt cellphone service, saying the action was in part a safety measure to prevent potential “chaos” on train platforms.

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  • genomega1

    Do any of these people work for a living? They seem to have a whole lot of spare time. Most likely they are parasites.

  • ani

    These clueless protesters are contributing to millions of tax dollars wasted by continuing to spread malicious lies of their own. I think these protesters are really in support on granting criminals their ‘right’ to break the law, to make threat on civilians including police officers. They are also denying the right for police officers to defend themselves from dangerous criminals. What about these officers who are married and if they are end up killed, what will their children do? And how about their wives who must deal with the loss of their husbands because of some stupid idiotic protesters are highly risking these dedicated officer’s lives? Are they more interested in supporting the criminals instead of the real heros who have to deal with dangerous criminals while on the job? I would like to see the protesters to take the officer’s place so they can feel exactly how the officers are feeling while on the job. Maybe they might learn something!

  • Kodiax

    ooooooo two dozen protesters.. LOLOLOL what a joke..

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