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US railway blocked phones to quash protest

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    US railway blocked phones to quash protest

    California transit provider interrupted wireless mobile service to hamper protesters angry over police shooting.

    A rail transit provider in the United States disabled mobile phone services to prevent a planned protest on Thursday, attracting criticism and unflattering comparisons to crackdowns on dissent in the Middle East.

    Demonstrators in northern California's Bay Area had planned a protest to condemn the shooting death of Charles Hill, who was killed on July 3 after Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police officers responded to complaints about a drunk man at a station in the city of San Francisco.

    Hill was fatally shot in the torso - police said he had lunged with a knife - and protesters responded eight days later with a demonstration that shut down three San Francisco BART stations.

    US railway blocked phones to quash protest - Americas - Al Jazeera English