New York, NY – Anti-police protesters took to the streets of New York City on Friday evening to call for removing law enforcement from the transit system and making the subway and buses free.
Anti-police activists and antifa were said to be the organizers behind a city-wide call via social media for people to protest and “f–k s–t up” throughout the city’s transit system on Jan. 31.
Police were stationed at subway stops and train terminals across the city to put a stop to the disruptions as they began.
But unlike the successful Nov. 1, 2019 anti-police protest that created chaos in Brooklyn, the Jan. 31 marches appeared to be popping up all over the city, not just in one borough.
Commuters found themselves unable to get to their trains on Friday evening as protesters blocked their paths in Grand Central Terminal, according to reports on social media.
The disruption inside the train station resulted in police making some arrests.
Officers have been responding to reported vandalism on subway card scanners on turnstiles and graffiti on stations and buses all day.
Police were filmed chasing down a man described as an antifa rioter and arresting him although no details about the arrest were yet available.
The New York Police Department has not released any information on the number of protesters so far arrested as the protest continues to grow in size into the evening hours.
The disruptive demonstration is not the first of its kinda in New York City in recent months.
Backers ginned up their enthusiasm and advocated protests again after 500 new subway cops were sworn in to the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) on Jan. 23 despite activists’ demands for a free transit system without law enforcement officers, the New York City Patch reported.
A police-hating, pro-Palestinian, Black Lives Matter-associated group tweeting under the handle “DecolonizeThisPlace” posted a video to Twitter on Tuesday calling for protesters to “f–k s–t up on J31” (Jan. 31).
“The streets are ours. The trains our ours. The walls are ours. This moment is ours. How will you and your crew build and f–k shit up for #FTP3 on #J31 (THIS FRIDAY)? Issa mothaf–kin’ movement,”
The video featured three masked protesters, one of whom delivered a message to those whom he hoped would join their violent demonstration.
“To all our friends, families, students, wage workers, teachers, musicians, transit workers,” the video began. “F–k the Police 3 is coming J31 right here in New York City. We encourage you to link up with your friends, your family, and think of the ways you can more in affinity to build and f–k s–t up on J31 all day long.”
“Pay attention to our social media where we’re going to post the meet up location so that we can converge and move together later that evening,” he added in the video.
“The mood for J31 is simple: F–k your $2.75. No cops in the MTA. Free transit. No harassment, period. And full accessibility,” the masked protester said. “We hope that you come through and move with us on J31. F–k the police. What will you do on J31?”
The end of the video showed the “city-wide convergence” was planned for 5 p.m. on Jan. 31 at Grand Central Terminal.
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