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(en) US, San Francisco, Media, breakaway march led by anarchists in Anti-war proteste that clashed with pro-Israel confreres

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Date Sun, 6 Jun 2004 16:46:42 +0200 (CEST)


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Thousands of protesters took to the sunny streets of downtown
San Francisco on Saturday, hoping to turn public outrage over
prisoner abuse in Iraq into demands to withdraw U.S. troops.
A crowd estimated at 8,000 to 10,000 by both police and protest
organizers gathered at United Nations Plaza, then marched down
Market Street around noon to Justin Herman Plaza, where they listened
to speakers demand an end to the U.S. military presence in Iraq. As they
neared the Embarcadero, the protesters ran into about 500 pro-Israel
demonstrators, waving Israeli and American flags, and protesting what
they see as an anti-Israel message from the anti-war protests.

The opposing groups started out at opposite ends of the walkway
between the foot of Market Street and the Embarcadero, but
verbal exchanges became increasingly heated as the afternoon
wore on, and police were forced to step in and keep the groups
apart.

Many in Saturday's march carried pro-Palestine and anti-Israel
signs. Some said they oppose Israel's treatment of the
Palestinians.

Police said that despite the shouting, the main march and rally
were largely peaceful, and there were no arrests. Five participants
in a breakaway march led by self-proclaimed anarchists were
arrested later in the afternoon.

Two were arrested for allegedly disobeying police orders and
walking in the street after police turned the marchers back as they
headed down the Embarcadero to Fisherman's Wharf. Three
more were taken into custody after they returned to Justin
Herman Plaza and one challenged a police officer to fight -- a
misdemeanor, according to Capt. Dennis Martel. The two others
were arrested for interfering with his arrest and resisting arrest, he
said. All were cited and released.


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