Transit police arrest 4 in San Francisco protests

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? Police have arrested at least eight protesters and closed two downtown San Francisco subway stations during the evening commute.

About 100 demonstrators on Monday were protesting the Bay Area Rapid Transit agency’s decision to cut wireless service in its San Francisco stations earlier this month to quell another demonstration. BART’s action touched off a worldwide debate over free speech and prompted retaliation by hackers.

BART police arrested four protesters shortly after 5:30 p.m. at the Civic Center station for protesting on the subway platform. BART police said other arrests were made as the protesters roamed up and down San Francisco’s Market Street as night fell, prompting the opening and shutting of stations.

As of 7:30 p.m., the Civic Center and Powell stations were closed.