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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Occupy SF: Protesters Reoccupied Justin Herman Plaza -- Sort Of

Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 8:27 AM

click to enlarge Looking for a place to occupy - LAUREN SMILEY
  • Lauren Smiley
  • Looking for a place to occupy

The reoccupy scene down at Justin Herman Plaza was dramatic last night, but nothing like what we saw in Oakland when protesters tried to retake Frank Ogawa Plaza after being booted out.

No flash-bang grenades or pepper spray that we saw.

But as expected, there were cops in riot gear, chanting protesters, a few arrests, and one person taken to the hospital after Occupy SF protesters stormed Justin Herman Plaza, attempting to reoccupy the site, which police had raided early Wednesday. SF Weekly staff writer Lauren Smiley went out to the scene last night and described the sheer drama, which began at about 6 p.m. and lasted well into the morning.

After refusing to leave, protesters pitched tents on the plaza, which Mayor Ed Lee has made clear

is no longer okay. But they backed down when cops circled protester, who voluntarily removed the tents sometime after midnight.

A few protesters reportedly slept on the plaza last night sans tents, but were rousted by police early this morning.

So despite all the chanting and speech-making, there was no real reoccupying of Justin Herman Plaza last night.

Now what?

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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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