BART protest planned for downtown San Francisco station 

click to enlarge BART commuters should be prepared for a planned protest at the Powell Street station. (Examiner file photo) - BART COMMUTERS SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR A PLANNED PROTEST AT THE POWELL STREET STATION. (EXAMINER FILE PHOTO)
  • BART commuters should be prepared for a planned protest at the Powell Street station. (Examiner file photo)
  • BART commuters should be prepared for a planned protest at the Powell Street station. (Examiner file photo)

Commuters can expect more excitement Thursday night, as yet another protest is planned against BART.

It will be the second time in this week – and the sixth time in just the last month – that protests of the public transit agency have threatened to roil the evening commute. However, the last two protests have been far less disruptive than the previous ones.

No Justice, No BART announced Monday that it would stage a protest in front of the Powell Street station fare gates Thursday at 5 p.m.

BART spokesman Jim Allison said that while BART has opened fare gates "for safety reasons" during large events that draw spontaneous crowds, such as the San Francisco Giants' victory parade last fall, any plan to block the fare gates would be illegal.

"We don't have a problem with them demonstrating outside the fare gates, as long as they're not blocking people from getting on the trains," he said.

Organizers have said that if BART police disrupt Thursday's protest, they plan to move to other stations or onto train platforms inside the fare gates.

The No Justice, No Bart and its affiliates,  are protesting two cases of fatal shootings by BART police.

Monday’s protest – and the previous three Monday protests – were organized by the online hacker group Anonymous, which has taken issue with an attempt by BART leaders to foil an earlier protest by turning off cellphone service.

For several weeks, the two groups were demonstrating together, but on Monday, No Justice No Bart announced they would be organizing a separate protest.

On Aug. 15, the demonstrations managed to shutdown the commute for more than two hours, when police responded to two demonstrators who briefly had delayed one train.

On Aug. 22, the commute was slowed once more when police shutdown stations in response to demonstrations, leading commuters to clash with protesters..

On Aug. 29, the police arrested two protesters, but did not close BART stations.

On Monday, which was Labor Day, the protests fizzled.

kworth@sfexaminer.com

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