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article imageCops break up Occupy San Francisco camp

By Kevin Fitzgerald     Oct 7, 2011 in Politics
San Francisco - Police officers in riot gear arrived at the site of the Occupy SF encampment early Thursday morning. The protesters were ordered to dismantle their tents which were obstructing the sidewalks on Market Street in the city's Financial District.
Police arrived at the demonstration site located in front of the Federal Reserve Bank to inform the participants in the group that they could remain at the site as long as they put away their tents. The group decided to comply with officers' demands. The Public Works crew was called in to help oversee the operation as officers stood guard.
The Occupy SF website alleges that the group faced brutality and theft from police and Public Works officials.
According to their webiste: "The police stole food, water, shelter, and other necessities of life from the 99% at Occupy SF".
It is also claimed a woman was struck by a police officer, and that another member of the group had been "kidnapped" by police. According to the SF Examiner, one person was in fact arrested on accusations of assaulting an officer.
The group's website goes on to accuse a police officer by the name of Officer Pascua of telling multiple protesters, "I can't wait to get the chance to bust your face in." The authenticity of this fact has yet to be confirmed.
In an article by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Mayor Ed Lee released a statement later in the day saying that he supports the Occupy SF movement, but also supports the police crackdown. John Avalos, who will be running against Lee, has publicly condemned the police raid.
The Occupy SF protesters have been staging their demonstration in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City. Participants in these protests are taking a stand against the corporate greed they see in America, particularly among the large banks. These protesters say that they are among the 99 percent of Americans who do not benefit from the current economic system.
Other cities, such as Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, and Philadelphia, have also started staging similar protests. Protesters are urging the nation to join in solidarity to support this movement.
Although most of these protests have remained peaceful so far, police have had to exercise their force in some of these cities.
The Christian Science Monitor reports that in New York City, where the demonstrations began, around 700 people were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday when they entered the bridge's roadway unlawfully.
Arrests were made in Seattle on Wednesday when demonstrators refused to take down their tents in a city park, according to KOMO News 4. Seattle law prohibits people from camping in parks.
On Thursday in Los Angeles, a group of protesters entered the lobby of a downtown Bank of America, according to CBS Los Angeles. Ten people from the group were led out in handcuffs by police after they refused to vacate the premises.
A sign displayed at the Occupy Los Angeles demonstration site.
A sign displayed at the Occupy Los Angeles demonstration site.
A large number of the participants comprising these demonstrations around the nation say they are in it for the long haul. They plan to remain united in their cause until the economic system in this country has been reformed to benefit everyone.
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