Wednesday, March 19, 2008

One Day, Several Protests

Associated Press - March 19, 2008 11:44 AM ET

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police have made the first arrests in what is expected to be a busy day of protests in the Bay Area.

A police spokesman doesn't have an exact number, but says a handful of people have been arrested outside of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

The protest outside the bank is 1 of several planned throughout the day in the Bay Area.

A rally and march is also planned this evening at San Francisco's Civic Center.

San Francisco police have extra officers on duty, with a spokesman saying officers will work to keep protesters from closing streets and blocking traffic.

A march and protest is also planned outside the Marine recruiting station in Berkeley.

Berkeley police say they'll have 50 to 60 extra officers on duty to help with crowd control.

Protests and candlelight vigil are also planned in San Jose, Palo Alto and Oakland.

The main groups responsible for the protests are ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) and DASW (Direct Action to Stop the War), who organized the events on the fifth aniversary of the invasion of Iraq.

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