While some in the media may report that Anonymous wasn’t at OpBART since none of the protesters–except for a pair of Anons at Powell Street Station–were wearing masks, the merry band of shadowy internet hacktivists were very much present, paying for tickets and riding BART trains back and forth under the San Francisco Bay, passing out fliers to fellow commuters and tweeting their locations.
Anonymous is an idea; the masks are not necessary. Sometimes the best anonymity is in plain site.
Unlike previous protests, there were no arrests and BART did not close any stations. Instead, protesters posed for photos with BART police and quietly spoke with other riders. The Department of Homeland Security was there, since that’s what they do. BART police told protesters not to block train doors and to stand behind the yellow line while waiting for trains. Quite a difference form the previous weeks, which saw journalists and students arrested. Hundreds of fliers were distributed, though as one Tweeter remarked:
The San Francisco Chronicle’s Vivian Ho tweeted:
Commuter arguing with Krystof: “There are some crazy people out there that deserve to be shot.”
Krystof is the driving force behind No Justice No BART.
Anonymous has vowed the OpBART protests will continue. BART’s new General Manager, Grace Curnican says she’s willing to talk to protesters about BART. Today’s non-action by BART police may be in response to Curnican’s openness. Sadly BART’s website doesn’t have a way to contact the new GM directly, but you can email BART here.
Anonymous would like to visit Ms. Curnican. As always: