Anti-Capitalist/Anti-Colonial Protesters Clash with Police in San Francisco
An estimated 22 anti-capitalist protesters were arrested on Saturday after police clad in riot gear violently disrupted their march against colonial genocide, which is celebrated each year on Columbus Day. This was the second day of four days of action deemed, “decolonize the new world,” which is aimed at disrupting Columbus Day celebrations.
More than 100 people gathered at Bradley Manning plaza at around 2PM, before taking the streets of San Francisco’s deserted financial district at around 3PM. In between chants of “Hey hey, ho ho, Columbus Day has got to go!” and “No justice, no peace! Fuck the police!” officers were splattered with paint.
About 5 minutes into the march, a police officer who seemed to be in charged yelled to the other officers to cut off the march and to keep them off the streets. “Get ahead of them in echelon! They’re not going to be in the streets!” the officer screamed.
Once the officers made their way to the front of the march, they began to block the street, forcing a confrontation. The marchers moved around the police and made their way deeper into the financial district. While passing Citi Bank, an officer pointed at a person, and motioned for others to move in. Another officer on wheels proceeded to ride directly into the crowd, falling off his bike and landing in the middle of the march. Within seconds, dozens of officers charged into the crowd swinging their batons indiscriminately and shoving as many people as they could down to the ground before making their arrests.
The march lasted just about 10 minutes, before the police, who claim they had no knowledge of the protest, began their assault.
After the street brawl, a Starbucks had it’s windows smashed by retaliating protesters as they were also being chased by police. A live streamer, Mikey Pellagatti, who came from New York, (@ThePellaReport) found himself caught in the middle of the chase as you can see here, in his final broadcast before being arrested.
An unofficial count of arrests remains at 22, with charges including conspiracy, felony assault on a police officer, inciting a riot, resisting arrest, and failure to obey a lawful order from a “peace” officer.
Tomorrow there is a call out for “creative disruptions” of the noon-time Columbus Day parade in San Francisco. I will be live streaming from Oakland for the 7PM anti-capitalist anti-colonial march to mark the eleventh anniversary of the war and occupation of Afghanistan.
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