In summary, the Olympic Torch Relay was scheduled to take place in San Francisco today. Demonstrations leading up to the event included the Human Rights Torch Relay, individuals scaling the Golden Gate Bridge and a Tibet Rally and Peace March.
I followed coverage on Twitter and on Olympic Torch SF and used extra time on my lunch break to record video (above) at Third and King around 1pm. Protesters waited while San Francisco leaders rerouted the relay and canceled the ceremony to avoid conflict.
Quotes from coverage of the event:
“Gavin Newsom runs San Francisco the way the premier of China runs his country – secrecy, lies, misinformation, lack of transparency and manipulating the populace… He misled supporters and opponents of the run. People brought their families and their children, and (mayoral officials) hatched a cynical plan to please the Bush State Department and the Chinese government because of the incredible influence of money.“ Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin as Reported by The San Francisco Chronicle
“Free San Francisco.” Miloh
“Who needs freedom, anyway? All [your] bases belong to China!“Mariva
Local government action not only silenced the thousands of protesters exercising free speech today but threatens our future rights. We have to hold each other accountable to maintain the rights that allow us to work for justice throughout the world.
I’d like to see the people of San Francisco rally to hold the United States Government accountable for the same human rights violations we accuse the Chinese government. We need to demand our rights as agreed to by the United States Constitution. The call to action has long been made and I fear that if we wait much longer our ability to act will be stifled.