San Francisco police remove protest camp of Occupy SF protesters on Market Street overnight

Occupy SF protest camp at the Federal Reserve Bank, before police suppression

By: Staff report, SF Examiner — 10/06/11 8:17 AM

The camps are gone but the protesters remain on Market Street in San Francisco’s Financial District, after police confronted the group late Wednesday night.

The protesters associated with “Occupy SF” had set up a minitent city in front of the Federal Reserve Bank at 101 Market St. They are occupying the area in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street as part of a movement to protest the disparity between the rich and poor.

But police forced the protesters to take down their camp Wednesday night, saying that while they have a right to demonstrate they cannot block sidewalks with items such as tents, crates and other objects.

At one point there were upwards of 70 cops waiting around the corner from the camp on Main Street.

There was one arrest. An assault on an officer, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.

Some of the protesters were loudly debating whether they should take down the camp or stay and get arrested. Continue reading

Seattle police arrest protesters in offshoot of Occupy Wall Street

Thursday, October 6, 2011

By Christine Clarridge and Jennifer Sullivan | McClatchy-Tribune News Service

SEATTLE — Seattle police swept through Westlake Park on Wednesday, making 25 arrests as they clashed with protesters and hauled away tents set up by the Occupy Seattle movement.

The hours-long showdown-in one of downtown’s most popular gathering spots-began just after lunchtime, as some demonstrators refused a city order to remove the tents.

The Occupy Seattle protest, an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in New York City and elsewhere, had gone on since late last month at the downtown federal building and Westlake without much notice. But as the Westlake crowd grew and tents multiplied over the weekend, city officials decided this week to enforce rules against camping in parks.

On Wednesday afternoon, police and park rangers moved in.

Christopher Williams, acting parks superintendent, said demonstrators could stay in the park, but only during park hours of 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. He also said tents are not allowed. Continue reading