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70 Arrested in Occupy SF Raid

San Francisco encampment cleared out
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2011 10:30 AM CST
Occupy Wall Street: 70 Arrested in Occupy SF Raid; 'Occupy Homes' Grows in Popularity
Occupy San Francisco protesters are shown at their site near Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

(Newser) – Another Occupy encampment was cleared out early today, as police raided Occupy SF and arrested 70 people who had been camping at Justin Herman Plaza. Protesters at the 2-month-old encampment were given five minutes to leave shortly after 1am; most did, but 30 who did not were arrested. The other 40 arrests came when protesters who objected to the eviction blocked Market Street. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a few clashes occurred, and two people allegedly threw a metal chair at a police officer.

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Meanwhile, the AP reports on the shift from "Occupy Wall Street" to "Occupy Our Homes." As protesters are finding their public camping options increasingly limited, Occupiers are moving into foreclosed homes and properties. More than 25 cities saw "Occupy Our Homes" protests yesterday on behalf of evicted homeowners. "It's pretty clear that the fight is against the banks, and the Occupy movement is about occupying spaces," says an organizer. "So occupying a space that should belong to homeowners but belongs to the banks seems like the logical next step for the Occupy movement." (Read more Occupy San Francisco stories.)

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