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Under fire, BART spokesman defends decision to block cellphone access to prevent protest

In a press conference Tuesday, BART spokesman Linton Johnson again defended the agency's decision to halt cellphone service in several San Francisco BART stations for several hours last Thursday.

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Posted by spcwt
a resident of Danville
on Aug 17, 2011 at 7:46 am

Wasn’t this an illegal protest in an area with innocent pedestrians near dangerous high voltage rail lines and moving trains? What if in all the ruckus, someone fell onto the rails and got hurt?

Wouldn’t the protest be just as effective if held at BART headquarters or on the sidewalk or at City Hall, etc.?

One of the best decisions my company made was to move its headquarters out of SF. I no longer have to ride BART. No more employee payroll tax for the “privilege” of working in SF. Plus there are a lot fewer protesters, panhandlers, and criminals out here in the San Ramon Valley. And my commute was cut by 2 hours a day.


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Posted by Shirley
a resident of San Ramon
on Aug 17, 2011 at 9:03 am

Yes, protecting pedestrians near high voltage rail lines and moving trains should be tantamount over the "free speech" of possibly rowdy people that should have taken place in a safer area.


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Posted by Joe
a resident of San Ramon
on Aug 17, 2011 at 10:06 am

Bart does nothing, there is a flash-mob, people get hurt....Bart is blamed. Bart takes strategic action, nobody gets hurt....Bart is blamed


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Posted by Duffy
a resident of Danville
on Aug 17, 2011 at 10:46 am

I suppose when the police block the street because the bridge is out that somneone will claim their right of free passage was denied!

I think the many protestors in San Francisco should be allowed to protest freely, at any time they want...... in the middle of the Bay!


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