Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Hundred arrested in San Francisco over protests over prop. 8

The San Francisco Chronicle reports:

Police today arrested more than 100 protesters blocking Van Ness Avenue near the Civic Center after giving the chanting, sign-waving crowd more than an hour to vent their anger and sadness at the California Supreme Court's ruling upholding Proposition 8.

Officers went for clergy first, then the non-clergy protesters, moving methodically from person to person to first clap plastic ties on their wrists and lead them away to a police van. Shouts of support from the surrounding demonstrators erupted with each arrest.

The arrests went so smoothly they seemed choreographed - which in a way they almost were, considering the police and protest organizers had been talking for days to make sure everything went smoothly and peacefully.

"It's the right thing to do," Rabbi Sydney Mintz of Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco said of her decision to protest Prop. 8, shortly before she was led off with wrists tied.

"This is the most un-American thing I can think of," Seth Fowler said as police closed in on him. He wore a t-shirt reading, "Separate is not equal."

I'm glad to see so many clergy take part in the demonstrations. Religious people shouldn't let just the right wing dominate their discourse.