SAN FRANCISCO (Sun, Oct 07) - Reported by madn3wz
|San Francisco Riots: At least 22 arrested by police (Image Credit: Flickr/Russia Today)|
At least 22 protesters were detained after they blocked the traffic with an unpermitted march through San Francisco's downtown, said local authorities.
According to details; protestors were wearing black clothing and masks. And they started throwing rocks, paint and flares at police, when they were ordered to stop and disperse. One police officer was injured during protests.
The trouble began just before 3 p.m. on Saturday when almost 100 marchers gathered at Justin Herman Plaza and started marching west down Market Street, blocking up traffic, said Gordon Shyy, a spokesperson from San Francisco police department.
The arrested demonstrators are now facing charges of conspiracy, riot, refusing to obey a lawful order of police and resisting, delaying and obstructing a police officer, and assault and battery on a police officer.
Some of the people held were carrying hammers, an ice pick, road flares and bags of paint and rocks, Shyy told further.
The motive of the marchers remains unclear; but it is assumed that the people arrested were part of the Occupy movement as the protests erupted around the first OWS anniversary mark.