SFPD Raids Occupy SF-Held Building

Occupy SF's hold on 888 Turk lasts less than 24 hours.

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    Indybay.org
    San Francisco police officers raided 888 Turk Street, a building taken over on Sunday evening by Occupy SF protesters, on Monday afternoon.

    Occupy SF's hold on 888 Turk Street lasted less than 24 hours, as San Francisco police raided the vacant building -- taken over by Occupy to serve as a medical facility and homeless shelter -- on Monday afternoon.

    Police "in riot gear" swept into the building sometime before 1:15 p.m., according to the San Francisco Bay Guardian. 

    NBC Bay Area's Traci Grant reports 56 people have been arrested, with about 20 left inside, being processed. The arrests happened without any violence, although one protester jumped out of a second story window, to avoid arrest, but was not seriously injured.

    The building, vacant for several years, is owned by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, the local arm of the Catholic Church. Protesters had hung signs from the building quoting the Our Father prayer -- "Give us our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses" -- but a spokesman for the archdiocese told media that the protesters "should leave."

    Details are still filtering in, but it appears that the building has been cleared of protesters.

    Earlier Monday, police had cordoned off the area and prevented protesters from getting in or getting out, including with shipments of food .The protesters had pledged to stay, even organizing yoga classes, before their forcible removal.