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‘Frisco 5’ protesters call off hunger strike

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Five hunger strikers (front, from left) Ike Pinkston, Edwin Lindo, Maria Cristina Gutierrez, Ilyich Sato and Sellassie Blackwell speak to the media during a news conference at the Black and Brown Social Club in San Francisco, Calif. Thursday, May 5, 2016. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

The five activists who refused to eat until San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr resigns or is fired called off their hunger strike Saturday after 17 days of abstaining from solid foods, a spokesperson for the group confirmed.

The so-called “Frisco 5” — Rappers Ilych “Equipto” Sato and Sellassie Blackwell, supervisor candidate Edwin Lindo, and pre-school workers Maria Cristina Gutierrez and Ike Pinkston — began their hunger strike April 21 in response to the fatal police shootings of four black and Latino men by San Francisco police in recent years.

They were hospitalized Friday for medical personnel to monitor their deteriorating health. Also on Friday, protests erupted inside City Hall that later turned violent and led to the arrest of 33 activists on suspicion of misdemeanor trespassing and refusal to disperse. They have all reportedly since been released from custody.

The five hunger strikers called off their effort in response to pressure from community members who urged them to not further risk their health.

“This doesn’t mean that our fight is over,” said Yayne Abeba, a spokesperson for the hunger strikers. “It just means they will no longer be doing the hunger strike.”

Instead, the group is calling on the community to hold a citywide strike beginning at 8 a.m. Monday at City Hall. Abeba said the “general strike” includes not going to work, school or visiting businesses in an effort to essentially bring San Francisco to a halt.

Meanwhile, Friday’s protest left City Hall with smashed front windows and destroyed metal detectors at the side facing Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place.

“Thousands of peaceful individuals have long expressed their views in protest on our front steps,” City Administrator Naomi Kelly said in a statement. “However, [Friday’s] actions crossed the line, causing thousands of dollars in property damage and impacting weddings and elections activities.”

Repairs are slated to begin Monday. The full costs of the damage won’t be known until after the repairs are completed, but will likely cost thousands of dollars in labor and material costs due to the landmark status of City Hall, according to the city administrator’s office.

Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

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  • ducalme

    Make the babies pay for the damages.

  • BillyBudd7

    Fire the Chief and reform the racism riddled Police

  • FuzzmanX

    Racist protesters, you mean.

  • FuzzmanX

    Bye! Threatening to harm yourselves isn’t an effective means of achieving your miopic goals.Maybe if you were this determined to get good grades in school. ..

  • Rainforester

    OMG “Impacting weddings” OMG

    WHY is this building being rented for weddings in the first place?????

    :(

  • sffoghorn

    The hunger strike was a success, the issue has been raised front and center. Firing Greg Suhr to get rid of the racist SI and SH rot at the SFPD/POA is now the issue.

  • Count_Yob

    Why not? It’s traditional to have civil marriages at city hall and the city can take in a little extra money by, optionally, renting space for weddings.

  • Count_Yob

    Only 4 black or latino men have been fatally shot by SFPD officers over the years? I wonder how many people have been fatally shot in S.F. by black or latino men.

  • FuzzmanX

    Wow, they so nailed it, by failing to get anywhere with the mayor or “taking over City Hall”. We’re all talking about it now. (giggle) What a sad bunch of dummies.

  • FuzzmanX

    You dope, people go to City Hall for civil marriage ceremonies. Xo

  • sffoghorn

    Its got yer troll ass running interference for the POA, hadn’t it?

  • FuzzmanX

    I’m not sure I understand what you are trying to say. There are now 12 comments on this *hot topic*, so clearly nobody gives a $h1t about these goobers.

  • FuzzmanX

    Almost as many as Uber and Lyft combined.

  • Paul Bearer

    Their little tantrum didn’t work. What a surprise.

  • Paul Bearer

    What hunger strike? These clowns had smoothies, coconut milk and chicken broth. They are a joke.

  • Zippster

    Chief Suhr fired? NO

    Ed Lee still in office? YES

    Mario Woods and Alex Nieto are still dead because of their own foolish actions.

    The Tantrum 5 didn’t get their way. Pointless idiots.

  • Zippster

    Sounds like you need to go on a liquid diet just like these clowns.

  • 2217

    5 Fools damaged their health for nothing. Suhr is still in office. Starving yourself is no form of impact full articulation in communicating a point. How is this success?

  • sffoghorn

    They got you talking about what they did.

  • sffoghorn

    History has yet to be written on the campaign to break the POA’s racist grip on the SFPD.

  • 2217

    Breaking things, mobbing city hall and shouting isn’t special. That’s what unintelligible, inarticulate people do. History is full of temper tantrums.

  • sffoghorn

    Yet you are still talking about them and firing Greg Suh and ridding the SFPD of the POA racist rot remains on the agenda.

  • Paul Bearer

    No, they got me laughing about what they did.

  • R94110

    When Foghorn disagrees with you but cannot refute you, he calls you a troll

    Take it as a compliment

  • R94110

    So all marrriages should be held in church?

  • R94110

    The Tantrum Five?

    Love it.

  • R94110

    Yep me too, I want to go on a hunger strike where I don’t have to be hungry!

  • R94110

    No we are laughing at a few criminal sympathizers while continuing our support for cops to crack down on crime and not give any race a pass just because they whine more and like to play cards

  • sffoghorn

    That is why the SFPD just got bitch slapped by a panel of judges and why the POA has to advertise to boost their public image. Perhaps they are paying you to pimp for them?

  • R94110

    So the preliminary findings of this panel was that the cops are guilty of murder?

    I must have missed that part.

  • sffoghorn

    The preliminary finding of the panel is that the SFPD is out of control.

  • john doe

    Are you Greg Corrales? LOL

  • R94110

    That was not stated in the report

    Who do you lie?

  • john doe

    Actually I think I hear people talking about giving Chief Greg Suhr a raise and promotion. His officers are handling the protesters professionally. I hear it is happening soon.

  • 2217

    LOL People will talk about anything in the news. So what. The cops will always be wrong to you lifetime race card holders and professional victim supporters. How amazing is it that many people go through their entire lives with as little contact with police as a traffic ticket, yet it plagues those who make it a mission to behave this way while calling it “protesting” to defend people who choose not to listen to law enforcement to drop weapons or disperse?

  • sffoghorn

    The cops are picking fights with more and more citizens and have exhausted their reserves of respect. The only ones who support the cops unconditionally are scared conservative paranoid white people who know that their ill-gotten gains are always at risk.

  • sffoghorn

    The report clearly concluded that there is no effective objective discipline at the SFPD.

  • 2217

    You sound bitter and angry about the white man keeping you down. Woe is me. Lol

  • sffoghorn

    You are a racist.

  • 2217

    Says the guy making broad assumptions about white people…

  • sffoghorn

    You do realize the heretofore unplumbed depths of idiocy you are pioneering here, don’t you?