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* San Francisco Police Arrest 18 Demonstrators on Market Street

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San Francisco police arrested 18 people this evening during a demonstration in which unionized employees blocked part of Market Street in protest of layoffs and wage reductions. Protesters marched from City Hall to Market Street and, at about 6
p.m., a circle of demonstrators was blocking the intersection of Market and Eighth streets. Police Lt. Lyn Tomioka said 18 protesters were arrested at the intersection for obstructing traffic. The demonstrators were cited and released, Tomioka said.
Service Employee International Union Local 1021 officials say the city intends to lay off 500 city public health and school district employees and that the layoffs could be prevented by a budget appropriation to be considered by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

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