Hundreds block San Francisco roads to protest APEC
Hundreds of protesters blocked streets near the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit Wednesday in a bid to disrupt and prevent attendees from entering the conference building.
Driving the news: Groups came together to rally across Market Street, Geary Boulevard and Powell Street throughout the day — many pressed up against police lines and security roadblocks, while others attempted to swarm delegates.
- The demonstrations highlighted a range of demands, including a ceasefire in Gaza, an end to labor violations, accountability for human rights abuses and reparations for climate change.
- Some rallies were organized specifically to coincide with the day of President Biden's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, whose presence in the city drew groups like Students for a Free Tibet, exiled Chinese spiritual practitioners Falun Gong and the United Vietnamese American Community of Northern California.
- Others challenged the presence of Filipino President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and Vietnamese President Vo Van Thuong over their controversial governance.
The big picture: APEC is no stranger to demonstrations.
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