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BART Braces for Protests Tonight

Won't rule out cutting cell service again
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2011 7:01 PM CDT
BART Braces for Protests Tonight
In this Saturday Aug. 13, 2011 file photo, a BART transit police officer rides a train though San Francisco's Civic Center station.   (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

On the heels of being hacked by Anonymous, California's Bay Area Rapid Transit is bracing for more protests called for this evening, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. BART took considerable flak after it cut cell phone service underground to stem anti-police protests Thursday, and it's not ruling out similar measures tonight, with a spokesman calling such a move "a minor inconvenience." Passengers aren't guaranteed "the right to free speech inside the fare gates," he said.

"We're in the business of transporting people from point A to point B safely," he continued. "We were forced into a gut-wrenching decision on how we were going to stop (the possible Thursday protest), given the propensity of this group to create chaos on the platform." Stay tuned. (Read more BART stories.)

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