Occupy San Francisco Raid

December 7, 2011 by staff 

Occupy San Francisco RaidOccupy San Francisco Raid, Police arrested at least 70 Occupy San Francisco protesters during an early Wednesday morning surprise raid of the movement’s last major camp in the Bay Area.

After weeks of false speculation more 100 San Francisco police and Sheriffs Deputies clad in riot gear moved in on the camp at Justin Herman Plaza around 1 a.m.

The raid did not include the police force and violent protester reaction that has been seen in other raids, such as the one at Oakland’s Frank Ogawa Plaza.

A few officers remained at daybreak Wednesday as trash crews raked up paper and plastic bottles, removed chairs and other belongings that accumulated at the camp over the past two months and pressure-washed the sidewalks.

Of the arrests at least two stemmed from assaults on officers said police Chief Greg Suhr, who added that one officer was hit in the face shield with a metal chair. The officer was not seriously injured. There didn’t appear to be any serious injuries among protesters either.

Protesters said they awoke to find police circling the camp and reported officers gave them about five minutes to pick up their belongings and get out. About 30 were arrested during the raid, another 30 or so were arrested while blocking Market Street after the police action. Another roughly 10 were taken into custody during a second blockage of market.

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