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Protest Arrest Count Rises

An estimated 1,400 people were arrested in San Francisco over some 18 hours of anti-war protests that stretched into the early morning hours today.

Police say it´s the largest number of arrests in a single day in city history. Police say the protests put a huge burden on a city budget already deep in the red. Authorities say a day like yesterday costs as much as half a million dollars in police costs.

The protests are expected to resume this morning. Yesterday – groups traveled through the busy downtown area, blocking intersections, dragging news racks into the streets and spray painting anti-war slogans on buses and buildings. Attempts to block off-ramps leading to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge were thwarted by police.