5 , 2004 - The Breakaway March
from the breakaway march from the June 5 emergency mass
protest and march against the war and occupation of Iraq.
breakaway broke off from the Justin Herman Plaza rally held at the
end of the main march and snaked its way along the Embarcadero,
by Pier 39, and then along random streets in the Fisherman's Wharf
district. The march initially took over the streets, however, the
marchers were soon forced onto the sidewalks. Several arrests occurred
along the way. There was no apparent reason for the arrests, and
one or more people were struck by a baton.
march ended up back at the plaza and it appeared to be over. The
police without any apparent reason followed the marchers into the
plaza and attempted to arrest someone who ran into the dry fountain
in the center of the plaza. The crowd held the police back and forced
them to the edge of the plaza, and here a standoff ensued.
an announcement had been made that anyone crossing a police line
or touching a police officer would be subject to baton strikes and
to arrest. This, apparently, was used as an excuse for what would
occur later. At no point did anyone cross a police line or touch
a police officer, nevertheless, when one officer charged the crowd
a police riot broke out.
the end of the riot, which occurred next to the main rally stage,
there were more than 100 officers occupying a large portion of the
peaceful rally area. One officer was overhead saying while he pointed
his baton "go get that mother-fucker in the white T-shirt."
At this point someone went on stage and asked the officers to leave
the plaza, however, this did not stop them from arresting several
people and continuing the occupation of the plaza for the next hour.
The "mother-fucker" in the white T-shirt was not arrested.
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