Coliseum BART Reopens After Civil Disturbances

OAKLAND (BCN) — The Oakland Coliseum BART station has reopened after a brief closure due to a civil disturbance this afternoon, transit agency officials said.

BART officials issued a service advisory around 3:50 p.m. announcing the station closure. The connector between the station and Oakland International Airport was also closed due to the disturbance.

Both the Coliseum BART station and airport connector reopened around 4:30 p.m., according to transit agency officials.

BART passengers to expect delays on the street level of the station due to the disturbance, agency officials said.

The disturbance was related to a protest scheduled for today that was dubbed the “Reclaim King’s Legacy” march in which the protesters organized to link the civil rights legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with recent protests against police shootings of unarmed black people.

More than a hundred protesters were seen this afternoon holding loudspeakers, flags and carrying signs around the Coliseum BART station.

A large crowd of protesters had left the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland earlier this afternoon, police said.

Fruitvale BART station was where Oscar Grant III was shot by a BART police officer on Jan. 1, 2009.

The march started moving down International Boulevard as of about 1:30 p.m.

Other protesters gathered at 14th Street and Broadway but have since joined the group that left Fruitvale.

It is one of the last actions in a planned weekend of protests that started with demonstrations at the Montgomery BART station Friday morning.
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