During Monday's protest of the Bay Area Rapid Transit, the system's police shut down four stations along Market Street in downtown San Francisco, stranding riders trying to get home and tying up street traffic as they walked from station to station trying to get into the system. But the transit agency didn't disrupt cell service as it did last week, which sparked the wrath of activists online and then in person. The station shutdown was arguably much more disruptive than the cell phone blockage, though it's a tactic BART has used to battle protesters before with far less controversy than shutting down cell phone service, which has raised free speech concerns and brought on an investigation by the Federal Communications Commission.
The protest followed a Sunday hack by Anonymous that shut down a BART website (the site, MyBART.com, is still down), and the high-tech proclivities kept up through the on-the-ground demonstration the group organized. Anonymous live-streamed the action, and kept Twitter updates coming via its news account. It even advised protesters where to buy the ubiquitous Guy Fawkes masks that the group sports during demonstrations.