[UPDATE: Although Muni bus lines 49 and 47 were briefly blocked at Van Ness and Hayes, and the Octavia ramp to 101 was also blocked, the protest has "dwindled."] A Muni protest, one that hopes to shut down service today, is currently underway and slowing down the morning commute. Billed Kenneth Harding day — in honor of a convicted child rapist wanted for double murder who, according to SFPD, accidentally shot and killed himself after a Muni ride a little over a year ago — the J and N lines were affected. Protesters have now moved on to Market Street to disrupt rush hour service.

Members of the Humanists for Revolutionary Socialism are taking credit for today's public transportation protests. Via their Facebook page, the note: "Humanist Workers for Revolutionary Socialism (HWRS) is a revolutionary communist organization. We stand for revolutionary socialism because we base our program and policies on the dialectical materialist method, on the works of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Trotsky, on the documents of the first four congresses of the Third (Communist) International, and on the Transitional Program of the Fourth International."

Double-murder suspect Harding, if you recall, fled from SFPD who had stopped him for his failure to pay a fare. Police claim that Harding "accidentally shot himself to death as he tried to fire at officers." The gun has still not been found. (Update: The gun was later found.)

Flyers also note that today's Muni shutdown is also for the June 5 shooting of 15-year-old Derrick Gaines by South San Francisco police, reports SF Appeal.

CourtneyOccupy has live footage of the protest:

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Below, footage of Harding just before his death: