CBS News reports:
There were multiple arrests after protesters gathered at Grand Central before taking to the streets Friday night. Police struggled to hold back the elbow-to-elbow protesters covering the main floor of Grand Central Terminal.
The group started gathering just after 5 p.m., many wearing masks and carrying anti-police posters. Some tried to hang banners in the terminal, all aiming to disrupt the evening commute.
Three masked members of the protest group could be seen in a Twitter video encouraging people to skip fares, damage turnstiles and engage in a mass sabotage of the MTA, pointing followers toward a demonstration at Grand Central. The group says it wants to abolish subway fares and get rid of police patrols in the transit system.
The New York Post reports:
The agitators — who want police completely out of the subways and transit to be free — secured emergency gates open with bike locks, zip-ties and violin strings, rendered turnstiles useless with glue and spray paint and littered buses, stations and trains with “Fuck cops, fuck MTA,” “Free transit ” and other anti-cop, anti-MTA messages.
“We encourage you to link up with your friends, your family and think of the ways you can move in affinity to fuck shit up on J-31 all day long,” a masked man said in a video posted to the Twitter page of “Decolonize This Place,” the group organizing the demonstrations, ahead of the day of protests.
Watch the video at the bottom. Whoa.
— Ali Bauman (@AliBaumanTV) January 31, 2020
“This Subway Is Liberated”
— The Percolater 🇹🇹 (@Laviish_Lay) January 31, 2020
Someone used a bike lock on an exit door to prevent it from closing. Respect to comrade u-lock for supporting today’s fare strike as part of J31. Cops out of the subways and free public transportation! Follow @decolonize_this for updates today, and be at Grand Central at 5pm. pic.twitter.com/qQ1Wli5MPO
— Andy Ratto (@andyratto) January 31, 2020
— Lauren Aratani (@LaurenAratani) January 31, 2020