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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Cops Shut Down OccupySF Camp on Market Street

Posted By on Thu, Oct 6, 2011 at 8:21 AM

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Sometime between 9 p.m. and this morning, San Francisco police in riot gear and city officials began ripping down the OccupySF camp on Market Street, saying the protesters were violating city law. 

Officer Albie Esparza would not confirm this or make any comments about what police did last night, but here's what we learned according to tweets coming from OccupySF late last night:

"Help needed! police just issued a notice stating they will arrest the camp in San Francisco! All hands needed on site to stop it! #occupysf."

Police in helmets and batons formed a perimeter around the makeshift camp, which was set up in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City, a protest of big banks. At some point, Supervisor John Avalos, who is running for mayor, showed up amid the chaos to try and get police to back down.

OccupySF issued the following statement this morning:
Last night the SFPD issued us an unsigned, undated notice that declared we had to pack up our tents without giving us a timeline or else we would risk arrest. They said that we could remain occupying if we pulled down our tents and complied with their other demands. We complied with their demands by taking down our tents and beginning to clear-out the rest of our infrastructure that was allegedly in violation of City and/or State laws. We made a call to action. Our numbers doubled within half an hour. Yet still, the police, wearing helmets and carrying batons, formed a perimeter around our goods and prevented us from saving anything while they supervised Public Works employees as they stole everything. The police stole food, water, shelter, and other necessities of life from the 99% at Occupy SF.
But this isn't stopping protesters from occupying downtown San Francisco. The group insists they will be out there again today -- tents or no tents -- and is asking for donations to start their cause from scratch.

You can see video of the chaos here.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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