More than 200 people were arrested Saturday outside Chevron’s Richmond refinery during a protest over safety issues at the plant and the company’s global environmental practices.
The arrests came hours into a protest that began with a rally Saturday morning outside the Richmond BART Station and a march west to Chevron’s gates. By the time the demonstration reached the refinery, the crowd numbered into the thousands.
Protesters chanted outside the gate and drew a giant sunflower using biodegradable paint on the pavement. Police began making arrests when the demonstrators, many of them carrying sunflowers, walked onto company property and refused to leave.