A Christmas Eve protest at Cliff's Variety Store in the Castro turned violent when a group of activists came to sing revised carols and protest the store's carrying of SodaStream, the home soda-making system. The company is Israeli owned and as store manager Martha Asten tells SFist, "This group has been protesting Soda Stream for years now," and it's all because they contend that the company's production facility sits in an illegal settlement in the West Bank. Things got a little rough this year, however, and several protesters filed assault charges against store employees. Also, Asten says one of the protesters tried to bite an employee in the scuffle. Oh, San Francisco Christmas...
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