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More protests lead to BART station shutdowns, arrests

Original post made on Aug 24, 2011

Police arrested at least 30 to 40 demonstrators during protests that originated at the Civic Center BART station and then led police back and forth through downtown San Francisco, drawing traffic to a standstill and closing two BART stations at several points throughout Monday evening.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, August 23, 2011, 12:30 PM

Comments (3)

Posted by Duffy , a resident of Danville
on Aug 24, 2011 at 12:39 pm

These "peaceful protests" will continue until a) somebody gets hurt, or b) San Francisco politicians realize that not putting an end to it is costing them votes. Meanwhile BART commuters will continue to be inconvenienced, S.F. taxpayers will have to carry the burden of police overtime and those of us who own property in areas served by BART have been paying tax to support BART for decades and now can't use it reliably.

Mass arrests and confinement on Alcatraz Island in sleeping bags for a month while the "powers that be" attempt to figure out what to do to preserve the peace!

Posted by Ralph N. Shirlet, a resident of another community
on Aug 24, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Dear Editor,

As I board an airplane, my iPad has an airplane mode that disconnects it from the network. The airline personnel tell me when I can use my network connection and when I can't. In reviewing that reality with legal sources it seems that the potential for HAZARD is the constitutional justification for the disconnect.

As I enter a BART station or train, I realize that any network connection offered is a courtesy of the BART network and BART has the right and obligation to end connection when a HAZARD is created.

As I read the terms of service for my mobile telephone I recognize that the network has the right to end connection if I abuse the service and create a criminal hazard.

What I am having difficulty with in this story is freedom of speech applied to any network that has terms of service opposing HAZARDS created by criminal activities or disturbances. What is a greater wonder is BART's continuing entertainment of challenges to their right to end any and all network courtesies.

I must laughingly ask why BART, as a transportation service, is obligated to continue mobile network courtesies to serve the criminal activities of those that would disturb reasonable transportation service? Can you answer?

Of Ralph asking the obvious

Posted by Barb, a resident of Danville
on Aug 24, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Thanks Ralph for you comments

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