APEC San Francisco protesters span gamut of political issues

APEC San Francisco protesters span gamut of political issues

A protest against the upcoming APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Summit took place in San Francisco, California on November 12, 2023. The protest attracted a diverse crowd, including those advocating for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war. The protesters gathered in front of San Francisco’s ferry building, displaying banners and posters opposing the APEC forum and calling for economic and environmental change. The crowd also showed support for Palestinian rights by waving Palestinian flags. Additionally, the protest encompassed various other causes, such as opposition to the oil industry and support for labor activists and immigrants’ rights. The march extended for several blocks along Market Street. The vibrant atmosphere was enhanced by the sound of hand-beaten drums. San Francisco, known for its counterculture history, has maintained an anti-authoritarian sensibility despite the city’s transformation into a global influencer driven by the tech industry. The police anticipated multiple protests throughout the week at APEC, particularly on Wednesday when U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping were scheduled to meet. Some protesters planned to block attendees from entering the conference center. Roberto Ruiz, a 53-year-old musician participating in the protest, expressed his discontent with the leadership summit’s funding, arguing that it should have been allocated to help the poor and homeless population. According to data from a 2022 count, as many as 3,000 people may be living on the streets of San Francisco. The city’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic has been slower compared to other cities, with major retailers abandoning Market Street. Tourism in San Francisco has also significantly declined. Sarah R, a 21-year-old student, attended the protest to send a message to Biden and other leaders in support of Palestinians who she believes are facing “genocide.” Marty Brewer, a 56-year-old geoscience engineer, emphasized the urgency of addressing the climate crisis. He expressed disappointment in the current response to the emergency. The article concludes with the reporters’ information and the mention of Thomson RushHourDaily’ Trust Principles.

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