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25 arrested as police clash with ‘Frisco Five’ hunger strike supporters occupying SF city hall

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Police in San Francisco arrested at least 25 protesters Friday night as supporters of five jailed hunger strikers attempted to occupy city hall, KGO is reporting.

Five demonstrators — dubbed the “Frisco Five” — have been refusing to eat until San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr resigns or is fired amid charges of police brutality. The five were moved to a hospital on Friday due to their deteriorating health.

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The hunger strike began April 21 to protest two recent police shootings of men of color in the city’s Mission District. The strikers also cited recent revelations that San Francisco police officers have been exchanging racist and anti-LGBT text messages.

The hunger strikers are Ike Pinkston, 42, Sellassie Blackwell, 39, Edwin Lindo, 29, Maria Gutierrez, 66 and her son Ilyich Sato, 42.

Earlier in the evening protesters chanted outside the office of Mayor Ed Lee, calling on him to fire Suhr as well as turn in his own resignation.

When riot-gear clad police tried to force the protesters out of San Francisco City Hall when it closed at eight, skirmishes broke out with police pushing and shoving as protesters locked arms and refused to leave.

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During the melee, a metal detector was knocked over and used to prop a door open so that more protesters could continue to enter the closed building.

According to the protesters, they will be out in force this weekend either at city hall or at the Mission District police station.

Watch the video below via KGO and Twitter:

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Trump can’t fire Mulvaney because nobody else wants to be his chief of staff: report

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White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney will likely stay on at the White House despite his public confession of a quid pro quo in the Ukraine scandal at the center of the impeachment inquiry, The New York Times reported Friday.

"But Mr. Mulvaney’s job has been anything but normal since the news conference on Thursday at which he seemingly undermined the Trump administration’s strategy for avoiding impeachment by acknowledging that Mr. Trump had sought a quid pro quo for providing Ukraine with American aid," the newspaper reported. "In the chaotic aftermath, the president’s Republican allies are questioning Mr. Mulvaney’s savvy and intelligence even as the Trump campaign is defiantly turning one of his lines from the news conference into a T-shirt."

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HBO "Real Time" host Bill Maher ripped the incompetence of the Trump administration after acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney confessed that there was a quid pro quo with Ukraine in Rudy Giuliani's search for foreign election assistance.

"It's not just that he's always breaking the law, it's that he obviously wants you to know about it," Maher said. "The Joker doesn't want to get caught this bad."

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‘Stand with Hong Kong’ shirts fill the stands at Nets game as NBA is protested for China subservience

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The National Basketball Association was protested on Friday for bowing to pressure from China.

The NBA has been harshly criticized for standing by the oppressive regime instead of standing in solidarity with the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

"Producer and activist Andrew Duncan bought 300 tickets to tonight's Nets vs Raptors game and is hosting hundreds of Chinese pro-Democracy activists to protest the NBA," New York magazine correspondent Yashar Ali reported Friday. "They're all wearing 'Stand With Hong Kong' T-shirts."

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1. Producer and activist Andrew Duncan bought 300 tickets to tonight's Nets vs Raptors game and is hosting hundreds of Chinese pro-Democracy activists to protest the NBA.

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