Making the return from the weekend all the more wonderful for Bay Area workers, BART’s regularly scheduled protests will resume today during this evening’s commute.
Anonymous, a loose collective of online activists, has been organizing gatherings against BART every Monday for the last four weeks. Along with another group, called No Justice, No BART, Anonymous members have been protesting against the killing of 45-year-old Charles Hill by BART police officers, and the agency’s subsequent decision to shut down cell phone service in its downtown stations to prevent a planned gathering.
Today, a Twitter feed that is one of the pseudo-official mouthpieces of the Anonymous movement, tweeted that the protests will return at the Powell, Embarcadero, and Civic Street stations this evening. The events are scheduled for 5 p.m., according to the OpBART tweets.
The protests are likely to affect the evening commute. Last Thursday, in an event organized by No Justice, No BART, activists tried to block the fare gates at “free speech zones” in BART stations — a move that was not intended to shut down stations and cause delays, according to backers of the plan.
However, BART police detained dozens of people (some of whom were journalists), while opting to shut down Powell Street station for two hours.