SF Occupy Tries to Pitch a Tent

Tensions were high Wednesday night at Justin Herman Plaza

Wednesday, Dec 7, 2011  |  Updated 9:25 PM PDT
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SF Occupy Tries to Pitch a Tent

They raided the Justine Herman camp in the middle of the night.

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One tent has been pitched at Justin Herman Plaza tonight and officers in riot gear are facing off with Occupy SF protesters after disrupting the group's general assembly meeting.

Around three-dozen protesters are surrounding the tent, which was pitched on the bocce ball courts at the plaza. The tent is propping up a sign that reads, "You don't need a weatherman to see which way the wind blows."

Officers wearing helmets and holding batons are surrounding the tent and protesters. A second group of officers have created a perimeter around the plaza and hundreds of demonstrators have gathered beyond the police line.

The crowd gathered at the plaza earlier this evening for a general assembly meeting after a day of protests in response to a police raid of the Occupy SF encampment early this morning.

The protesters gathered tonight to discuss the future of the movement, according to a protester named Ryan. "We've peacefully retaken the plaza," Ryan said earlier this evening.

"It's pretty beautiful." Ryan said the demonstrators are considering what steps to take now after the encampment was dismantled this morning.

"We're moving into phase two, the next step of our movement," Ryan said. At around 6:30 p.m., officers began issuing orders for dispersal and moved in on the crowd, according to Ryan.

Police arrested at least two protesters during demonstrations this afternoon and around 85 people were arrested during the raid this morning.

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