protest-crap.jpgAs part of a series of protests across the state today, people gathered tonight in downtown San Francisco to march in support of union workers’ rights.

San Francisco police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said that the group, led by the San Francisco Labor Council, assembled at about 5 p.m. in front of 555 California St., the former Bank of America building.

From there, according to the event’s website, the group planned to march to the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco at 101 Market St. for a 6 p.m. rally.

Esparza said that the protesters would be making stops along the march route, and police were advising motorists to avoid the Financial District and South of Market neighborhood during the event.

“We don’t expect any problems at all,” Esparza said. “Basically, we’re just there to make sure its peaceful.”

Police did not have an estimate of the crowd’s size, he said.

More than 100 similar protests in California were scheduled, according to a website listing the protest.

The event, which was planned to honor the memory of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated on this day in 1968, was scheduled to last until about 7 p.m.

A representative from the San Francisco Labor Council was not immediately available for comment.

Patricia Decker, Bay City News

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