Protesters In San Francisco Who Blocked A Bridge To Demand An Israeli Cease-Fire Won’t Go To Jail

Prosecutors announced that dozens of demonstrators who blocked traffic on a California bridge for hours while demanding an end to hostilities between Israel and Hamas will not go to jail.

Protesters In San Francisco Who Blocked A Bridge To Demand An Israeli Cease-Fire Won't Go To Jail

The 78 demonstrators who blocked the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge during a protest in mid-November were ordered to perform five hours of community service and pay reparation instead of facing criminal charges.

“This is a victory not only for those exercising their right to protest a genocide being fueled by their tax dollars but for the growing global movement demanding freedom for the Palestinian people,” said Aisha Nizar, one of the protesters. “We emerge from this case even stronger and more united in our commitment to one another and to the people of Palestine.”

The demonstration on November 16 in San Francisco, which was taking place when the city was hosting President Biden and other international leaders for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting, drew about 200 participants in all.

On the upper deck of the bridge, the demonstrators closed down all traffic lanes into San Francisco and made Biden issue a demand for an instant cease-fire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas. Drivers have even been known to chuck their keys into the bay.

29 cars were towed and 80 individuals were taken into custody as a result of the protest.

False imprisonment, defying a peace officer, unlawful assembly, refusal to disperse, and blockage of a roadway, sidewalk, or other public area were among the allegations levied against the defendants.

Based on insufficient evidence, prosecutors finally dropped one case, according to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. Pretrial diversion offered by the court was turned down by another individual.

The court’s offer was accepted by the remaining 78, who will now all be required to make an unspecified amount of reparation.

“We remain committed to ensuring that San Francisco is a safe city for everyone who lives and enters our city,” District Attorney Brooke Jenkins said in a statement. “We will continue to ensure that appropriate avenues for the expression of free speech and social advocacy exist and are protected in San Francisco. I truly believe that we can achieve engaging in free expression while maintaining the safety of our communities.”

Similar demonstrations demanding a cease-fire and obstructing important thoroughfares were held in Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, and New York.

The Gaza Health Ministry, which is under the control of Hamas, reports that over 30,000 Palestinians have died in Gaza. In its entirety, the ministry does not distinguish between fighters and civilians.

There are still talks going on between Israel and Hamas about a possible cease-fire or long-term peace.

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