Palestinian protesters charged in San Francisco for blocking Bay Bridge

Protesters blocked the Bay Bridge when President Joe Biden and other world leaders were in town.

San Francisco prosecutors have started charging 80 protesters who blocked the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge while demanding a cease-fire in Gaza.

The protest took place during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit when President Joe Biden and other world leaders were in San Francisco.


The big picture: Seventeen of the protesters appeared in court facing charges including false imprisonment, refusing to comply with a peace officer, unlawful public assembly, refusing to disperse, and obstruction of a public place. 

  • Their arraignments were continued to February.
  • Protesters held a news conference outside the court, advocating for a cease-fire and calling for the charges to be dropped.

The backstory: Around 200 protesters participated in the demonstration, blocking all lanes of traffic on the Bay Bridge’s upper deck.

  • They called on Biden to demand an immediate cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. 

What they’re saying: San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins said in a statement that while free speech must be protected, exercising it cannot compromise public safety. 

  • “The demonstration on the Bay Bridge that snarled traffic for hours had a tremendous impact on those who were stuck on the bridge for hours and required tremendous public resources to resolve,” Jenkins said. 
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