About 150 anti-war protesters clashed with about 80 police officers in riot gear at the intersection of Market Street and New Montgomery Street in San Francisco at lunch today. Today marks the fifth anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War.
The protesters completely blocked off Market Street for about 2 hours. Most of the time the protesters blocking the street were surrounded by a circle of police in riot gear. On the sidewalks surrounding the intersection many other protesters protested the war. Loudspeakers were set up with anti-war songs and chants. A marching band of protesters showed up playing as well.
One string of protesters called “Act Against Torture” dressed entirely in orange prison style jumpsuits with black hoods and chained themselves together across the street. They came as part of a second wave of protesters after the police began arresting the first group which sat peacefully in the center of the intersection.
There did not seem to be much violence or scuffles best I could tell. The police seemed very accommodative of the photographers there shooting the protest, myself included. One senior police officer spent some time arguing with some of the protesters, but that was about it as far as conflict as far as I observed.