Friday, July 23, 2010

More than 120 arrested at S.F. hotel protest

The following is taken from the San Francisco Chronicle.

John King, Chronicle Staff Writer

The 300 block of Stockton Street was closed for an hour while hotel workers and their sympathizers protested outside the Grand Hyatt San Francisco. The union representing the workers, Unite Here Local 2, is at an impasse in contract negotiations with the Hyatt hotel chain.

The march from Market Street to the hotel - and the demonstrators' refusal to leave the pavement despite orders from police - was part of a nationwide action in 15 cities by hotel workers against Hyatt. When police called on the protesters to disperse shortly before 6 p.m., many sat down in the street instead.

Between 120 and 150 people were arrested and taken to a nearby police station, where they were released after being cited for blocking the streets, according to Officer Samson Chan of the San Francisco Police Department.

A smaller rally outside the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara led to 10 arrests.

1 comment:

ESM said...

Powerful. There has been a lot leading up to this and that's a relatively impressive number of arrests. More power to them. Thanks for the post.