Occupy SF activists were back in the spotlight Sunday, taking over an unoccupied building owned by the Archdiocese of San Francisco with plans to establish a "permanent occupation" that would serve as shelter and a center for services for
Occupy SF activists were back in the spotlight Sunday, taking over an unoccupied building owned by the Archdiocese of San Francisco with plans to establish a "permanent occupation" that would serve as shelter and a center for services for homeless people.
The activists entered the building at 888 Turk St. Sunday evening, after a peaceful rally and march from Union Square earlier in the day.
About 100 activists and supporters took up residence in the two-story commercial structure, believed to be a former music building of nearby Sacred Heart Cathedral High School.
By Monday evening, police in riot gear conducted a raid and evicted and arrested approximately 80 Occupy activists who had taken over the building the night before and had stockpiled food and supplies with the apparent intention of staying long-term.
As the arrests got underway, two buses were there to take occupiers away. "Police with assault rifle on roof" noted @JoshuaHolland of Alternet as he live tweeted his observations from on the ground. He also noted that there was at least once occupier injured among the arrestees, a young man with a broken wrist whose pleas for medical assistance as he anguished in plastic cuffs.
This next video is a jail support march from Civic Center Plaza to the SF jail: the escapees, survivors and onlookers of the SFPD raid as well as some of the very recently released occupiers and supporters of the "San Francisco Commune" action at 888 Turk Street. The jail support team then holds an impromptu jail solidarity dance party. Where were you?
Just waking up to Occupy San Francisco being raided and facing arrests, and honest to jeebus, it appears that the police are taking a coffee and doughnut break! Someone is passing around trays of what appear to be fresh glazed donuts. Doughnuts and tear gas...there's a combo. Read more...
Occupy Seattle attacked and pepper sprayed by the Police
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The number keeps rising, as I anticipated after watching the arrests on livestream Saturday, but Reuters is now saying more than 400 Occupy Oakland protesters have been arrested as Saturday night's protests continue into Sunday. That's a significant number, and it trumps the "between 200 and 300" number authorities gave earlier in the day and were reported throughout the media. As has been the case throughout the Occupy movement, police officers and government officials claim they are only doing their jobs of maintaining the peace, while protesters insist the authorities are going way overboard. Read more...