Bay Bridge protest in San Francisco over APEC summit sees 81 arrested

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“We’re 100% in help of individuals’s rights to train their First Modification, however that is the incorrect approach to do it,” California Freeway Patrol Chief Ezery Beauchamp instructed reporters throughout a briefing. “That is 100% incorrect, not acceptable, and is unlawful to do.” 

The protest was organized by a number of teams, together with the Palestinian Youth Motion and the Arab Useful resource and Organizing Middle (AROC Bay Space). In a number of posts on X, previously Twitter, AROC mentioned the protesters took to the Bay Bridge “in protection of Palestinian liberation!”

“There’s a genocide taking place in #Gaza and @POTUS is internet hosting cocktail events in #SanFrancisco,” AROC posted. “Bay Space has shut down the Bay Bridge to demand #CeasefireNOW.”

California Division of Transportation spokesman Bart Ney instructed KTVU-TV the protest will have an effect on site visitors all day. By midday native time, all westbound lanes on the bridge reopened, California Freeway Patrol officer Adib Zeid mentioned.

Ney, the state transportation spokesman, instructed KGO-TV Thursday that 29 deserted automobiles had been towed off the bridge. Greater than 280,000 automobiles journey throughout the span every day, Ney mentioned.

Beauchamp mentioned the protesters had been well-organized because the freeway patrol did as a lot because it may.

“I’ll say that we weren’t caught off guard. This was one thing that we had been anticipating taking place. We had been right here inside a few minutes, however they had been deliberate, they labored collectively, they introduced their automobiles to a cease, they usually acquired that completed inside seconds,” Beauchamp mentioned. “Once more, you possibly can protest you possibly can your First Modification rights however not on the Bay Bridge.”

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