BART Protests Go Mild

By Chris Roberts
|  Tuesday, Sep 20, 2011  |  Updated 9:56 AM PDT
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BART Protests Go Mild

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Where has all the outrage gone? It's left the station, which is wide open.

Six weeks into the promised Monday weekly protests of BART's transit system -- a pledge made by "hacktivist" collective Anonymous -- the energy appears to have dissipated, with only a dozen protestors making the rounds Monday, handing out literature to riders instead of blocking trains and shutting down stations, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

"The BART Police Department is a 40-year-old experiment which has proven to be a total disaster," read the fliers handed directly to riders by protestors, according to the newspaper.

It was unclear how many of the dozen or so protestors who arrived were affiliated with Anonymous, who since BART shut down cell phone service on its platforms Aug. 11 to thwart an aborted protest has plagued BART police and transit agency brass. Anonymous took credit for posting online pictures of the BART spokesman. Anonymous demanded his firing as well as the disbanding of the BART police, or protests would continue.

Monday was the eighth demonstration overall since the July 3 shooting death of transient Charles Hill, who transit officers shot and killed at the Civic Center station platform.

The police response Monday was subdued, with no cops dressed in riot gear, according to the newspaper.
 

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