Mayor Newsom pwned the protesters with the oldest trick in the book, the bait-and-switch. The Olympic torch relay was scheduled to start near the stadium, and go along the Embarcadero (the Eastern waterfront) until Fisherman’s Wharf; police barriers were set along the route, and thousands of people, including countless would-be protesters, converged there.
But, after a lightening ceremony at the stadium, the flame was then taken to a bus and rushed to Van Ness, whence it was uneventfully relayed along a secret alternate route that took it North to the Marina (the Northern waterfront), and near the Golden Gate bridge, while all the protesters were stuck along the Embarcadero.
Now the flame is back to San Francisco airport, and going to Buenos Aires. Or isn’t it?