UPDATE 7:18 p.m. The entrance to BART is still closed on the southwest side.
UPDATE 7:12 p.m. There are still a lot of police on the scene. Protesters have started to sit down on the BART station benches. The station by Wells Fargo is still closed. There are still a lot of young kids in black milling around and saying things like “$%LD” the police and “it’s easy to be free when you’re a rich white man,” between refried beans and rice.
UPDATE 7 p.m. Police just cleared the crowd, moving it to the sidewalk. Traffic is starting to move. Chants of “Huelga General” begin, but are not being picked up. Sidewalks are starting to clear up. It looks like the crowd is starting to disperse and traffic is returning to normal.
UPDATE: 6:45 p.m. Lots of black flags, chanting and signs. The demonstrators are blocking the buses at the Mission Street. The southwest entrance to BART has been closed.
UPDATE 5:40 p.m. The protest has started moving towards 16th and Mission with people joining as they advance. Police are accompanying them as the march moves down Mission Street. People keep joining the protest as it moves with about 200 at present.
Photo via Instagram by Tigerbeat.
4:15 p.m. Everyone’s setting up and getting ready at 24th and Mission for the May 1st Protest —International Labor Movement. The May Day protest is not just about fair conditions in the place of work or about getting a fair wage for workers. It calls attention to issues that all workers see themselves affected by. From the flyer:
Today, as workers are facing poverty wages, evictions and foreclosures, deportations, polic brutality and countless other forms of oppression, the date is an important one which can unite these issues that affect all workers.
- The following is a list of demands:
- Full rights for all immigrants! Stop the deportations!
- End the evictions and gentrification! Housing is a right!
- Stop Police Brutality!
- Stop the privatization of public services, equal living and wage now!
- Halt and reverse environmental destruction
- No to wars and occupation