SAN FRANCISCO — Handicapped protesters in wheelchairs chained themselves to a cable car Tuesday, blocking the tracks of San Francisco's No. 1 tourist attraction to underscore demands for better access to public transportation.
"Try getting on one of those when you're in a wheelchair," one man shouted.
There was no violence during the demonstration at the Powell Street cable car turntable.
Police arrested 76 of the more than 100 protesters, most of them in wheelchairs, on charges of failure to disperse and blocking the street. Those arrested were taken to the Hall of Justice in vans equipped with wheelchair lifts.
"It's a logistical nightmare," Police Sgt. Jerry Senkir said from the jail where demonstrators were taken. "The great majority are requesting they be booked" instead of cited and released, he said.
The display of civil disobedience was the latest in a series of protests coinciding with the annual convention of the American Public Transit Assn., which continues through Thursday at the Moscone Convention Center.