San Francisco protest at transit stations leads to arrests

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Posted: Jan 16, 2015 1:11 PM
San Francisco protest at transit stations leads to arrests

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police arrested two people during demonstrations that briefly shut down two San Francisco transit stations to bring attention to what protesters say are unfair charges against 14 activists accused of blocking rail service two months ago.

Bay Area Rapid Transit spokeswoman Alicia Trost says the Montgomery and Embarcadero stations reopened after trains ran past the stops for a few hours Friday and snarled the morning commute.

Roughly 200 activists tried to overtake the system to protest what they call police brutality and pressure prosecutors to drop charges against 14 people arrested during a November demonstration tied to a police killing in Ferguson, Missouri.

Trost said the activists banged spoons on the platform pillars and a few people tried to block train doors. A man who kicked a train car window was arrested.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com