Daytime view of the Bay Bridge and San Francisco seen from Yerba Buena Island
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officers with helmets and batons have lined
the Golden Gate Bridge, as May Day protests get underway in the San
Francisco Bay area.
Protesters had backed away from a call to block the bridge. But
scores of California Highway Patrol officers nonetheless lined the
span and gathered around the toll plaza on Tuesday morning.
A couple of protesters with signs stood nearby, but did not
Golden Gate Ferry service, meanwhile, was shut down as Golden
Gate Bridge District ferry workers went on strike.
Union officials say the workers have been without a contract
since July 2011 and are in a dispute over health care coverage.
At least 50 workers picketed outside the Larkspur ferry terminal
on Tuesday morning. They were joined by several Occupy protesters.
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