By Max A. Cherney and Peter Henderson

SAN FRANCISCO (ShahBlogger) -San Francisco police started arresting protesters calling for a ceasefire within the Israel-Hamas battle on Thursday after demonstrations blocked the Bay Bridge, a key commuter route into the town which is internet hosting the Asia Pacific Financial Cooperation (APEC) discussion board.

Organizers stated 200 individuals attended the demonstration, which additionally referred to as for an finish to U.S. army support to Israel. A whole lot of police started to make arrests and lead protesters away in zip ties, after the California Freeway Patrol issued a dispersal order to the assembled group. Authorities additionally deployed tow vehicles to take away protesters’ automobiles blocking the bridge.

Native emergency providers warned of the blockage throughout morning rush hour on the bridge which hyperlinks Oakland and different East Bay cities to San Francisco.

A number of teams participated within the demonstration, together with the Palestinian Youth Motion and Bay Space Palestine Solidarity, in line with a press launch. The 2 teams didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.

Earlier than the dispersal, protesters chained themselves collectively by way of automobiles adorned with indicators that stated “Free Palestine” amongst others, social media posts confirmed. A number of protesters gave the impression to be mendacity on the asphalt coated with white sheets.

Site visitors touring on the bridge towards San Francisco started to maneuver as of about 10:45 a.m. native time (1845 GMT) after a backup.

Claudia Felix, 28, a demolition remediation employee left her house in inland Stockton at 4:30 a.m. native time solely to seek out the bridge blocked at 7 a.m. Felix obtained caught in site visitors earlier than touring onto the bridge and was pressured to exit just a little after 10 a.m., nearly six hours after she left house. She had pulled over to the facet of an entry street and stated she felt confused.

“It’s a good suggestion as a result of they’re in opposition to a battle however I feel they need to be extra protected and protest within the metropolis, not the bridge,” Felix stated.

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