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With Ed Lee Elected, Occupy SF Braces for Eviction

Ed Lee's Move To Remove the Movement



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    Occupy SF protesters have created a "tent city" in Herman Plaza, in downtown San Francisco. Mayor Ed Lee wants it out -- but when?

    Mayor Ed Lee said he wanted them out. And now that the mayor is in for a full four years, Occupy SF is bracing for a raid.

    The city is much more likely to forcibly evict the local Occupy Wall Street encampment now that Ed Lee is in office for a full four-year term, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

    Lee told City Hall officials, including elected officials, that the tents must go two week ago, according to reports. Many speculated he would wait until the election was over to move towards an eviction in order to avoid spectacle, however.

    Protesters encamped at Occupy SF at Justin Herman Plaza told the newspaper that they expect to be raided "within ten days." A raid was widely-expected on the night of Oct. 26, when San Francisco police officers in riot gear were seen amassing in Potrero Hill and then on Treasure Island. Elected officials, including mayoral runner-up Supervisor John Avalos, went to the encampment to attempt to avert a police raid. The raid never happened; police later said that it was a "training day."

    An SFPD spokesman said he did not know of any immediate plans to evict Occupy SF. The mayor did not comment.