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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Occupy SF Protesters Storm Justin Herman Plaza, Refuse to Leave

Posted By on Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 7:10 PM

click to enlarge LAUREN SMILEY
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Update (7:10 p.m.) Eighteen motorcycle cops have pulled up near the plaza while two more rows of cops in riot gear have lined up around protesters. A group of 40 protesters are in a circle, refusing to leave the plaza, noting that it is a public facility.

Update (6:45 p.m.) Two people have been arrested after a skirmish erupted on the perimeter of Justin Herman Plaza.

Update (6:30 p.m.): Cops have formed a circle around two dozen protesters who are sitting in the middle of the plaza, with their elbows locked, refusing to leave. Protesters are shouting "The world is watching, and 'we are the 99 percent.'"

Update (6:25 p.m.) Police have issued a dispersal order to protesters who are sitting on the plaza. Instead of moving, protesters are playing Bob Marley's famous Get Up, Stand Up through the loudspeaker. About 60 cops in in riot gear are advancing toward the plaza.

Update (6:10 p.m.): Protesters marched to Justin Herman Plaza, chanting, "Whose plaza? Our plaza." Police in riot gear lined the bocce ball courts as protesters made their way back inside the plaza.  "We've just taken back Justin Herman Plaza," one protester shouted over the mic. The group is now sitting on the plaza, where they plan to hold a general assembly.

Original Story (5:50 p.m.): Occupy SF protesters had pledged to reoccupy Justin Herman Plaza tonight after police raided the camp early this morning, clearing out tents and arresting protesters. But apparently, there's too many cops out on the plaza now, which means protesters are coming up with Plan B: Occupy City Hall?

SF Weekly Staff Writer Lauren Smiley is down at the Federal

Reserve Building where there's been some talk among protesters to take

their anti-big bank movement down to City Hall.

"I'm mad at Ed Lee," said Debra Lujan, who had lived at the occupy camp

for 67 days before she was booted out this morning by police. "So we're

going to occupy City Hall, sleep over right in his face."

But as

of 5:45 p.m., nobody was occupy anything except the microphone.

Protesters took turns making speeches outside the Federal Reserve

building where some 200 people gathered. Oddly enough, people were just

standing there, feasting on potatoes, steak, and pork -- a perfect meal

for the 99 percent.

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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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