Dozens of protestors were detained on November 16 after closing a portion of the San Francisco Bay Bridge as part of a rally asking for a Gaza ceasefire, according to the Guardian.
The protest shut down all westbound traffic on the bridge, a major route into the city that transports around 260,000 vehicles every day, as San Francisco holds the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting. In reaction to the event, the city witnessed various protests by activists calling for an end to corporate profits, environmental abuses, and the conflict between Israel and Hamas.
Officials from law enforcement said they were attempting to clear the bridge. According to NBC Bay Area, the California Highway Patrol arrived on the site, along with police and sheriffs, and detained at least 50 demonstrators. According to media reports, tow trucks also arrived to retrieve their vehicles.
Protesters formed a human chain between vehicles while sitting on the bridge, and others lay under white blankets as part of a "dying" installation on the bridge beside a giant banner calling for Joe Biden to call for an urgent ceasefire in Gaza. They also carried a giant banner with the words "Stop the Genocide" and requested that American military funding to Israel be discontinued. /BGNES