From AP:

San Francisco police say one person was arrested after a protest march in the city’s Mission District turned violent. Officers responded to a large group of demonstrators vandalizing property a little after 9 p.m. on Monday. Among the properties that were damaged was the Mission police station.

From the Chronicle:

At least a dozen businesses, including Tartine Bakery at 18th and Guerrero streets and Locanda restaurant on Valencia, had their windows broken out and were splattered with paint and food. Vehicles along Valencia and Guerrero streets had windows broken out – an Aston Martin had its windshield shattered and brown paint covered the hood.

From SFist:

At Four Barrel, a handiman fixing the shop’s door was struck with a crowbar, but he was able to keep protesters from shattering the windows. Vinny Ng, Manager of Bar Tartine, also told SFist that service continued throughout the protests, despite one broken window in a side section of the dining room. At Farina, protesters sprayed Anarchy symbols and “Yuppies Out” on the restaurant’s window while diners remained inside.

SFist also points out this cached version of a now-removed web page from the hub site of the Bay Area May Day protests. The post was titled “The Strike Starts Early Street Party,” and it called for protesters to gather at Dolores Park for a “ruckus street party to counter gentrification, capitalism, and the policing of our communities”…

They’ve stolen our lives. They’ve stolen our health. They’re taking over every inch of our cities and pushing us nowhere. If there is anything we have learned from the last six months it is this: May 1st isn’t the only day for striking, and isn’t only a day for workers. April 30th kicks off a string of actions in the Bay Area against all who would take our lives from us.

San Francisco, once a stronghold of the dispossessed, has become a playground for the rich and a living hell for those of us who can’t keep up or have no interest in capitalist relations. Homelessness, gentrification, racist police murders, the displacement of all that is queer, outrageous rent prices, our list is endless: it is time to reclaim our playground.

We call on our comrades from every corner of the Bay to descend upon Dolores Park, 8pm April 30th, for a ruckus street party to counter gentrification, capitalism, and the policing of our communities.

Update 12:45 p.m. Four Barrel, the artisan coffee roaster, is not happy about last night…

12:40 p.m. Four Barrel Coffee in the Mission was vandalized last night and they’re not happy about it.

Photos, video and Tweets about last night’s incidents in a Storify below…

[View the story “Photos and More: Vandalism in San Francisco’s Mission District April 30” on Storify]

Police Station, Businesses Vandalized in Mission Ahead of May Day Protests 1 May,2012KQED News Staff

  • Wayne C. Perelman

    Instead of trying to figure ways to lure appliance, electronic, power and hand tool manufacturing to these shores, a bunch of worthless riff raff whine, smash windows and throw paint and make life even MORE miserable than it already is.   Wayne C. Perelman, West Palm Beach, Florida.

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