Occupy SF demonstrators were gathering peacefully in Justin Herman Plaza to eat and talk about what to do if San Francisco police attempt to clear the gathering tonight or Tuesday morning.
Scroll down to see a video of San Francisco police raiding the Occupy SF camp.
Officers arrested five protesters late Sunday after officers met resistance for taking down tents that had been set up in the park. The new gathering spot is a few blocks from the group’s first encampment on the sidewalk outside the Federal Reserve Bank on Market Street. One protester slashed the tire of a Department of Public Works truck that was being used to gather the camping items, according to police.
On Monday night, organizers were holding an impromptu protest clinic in the grass and telling those gathered that they should lock arms in a circle around their equipment and form a “human shield.” As of 8:30 p.m., television news trucks and a few police officers were stationed around the perimeter of the gathering, which included about 150 people.
Demonstrators said they are planning a rally outside City Hall at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday to tell the Board of Supervisors and Mayor Ed Lee that they don’t want their activities broken up by police. During his monthly “question time” session at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Lee is expected to field a question from Supervisor Jane Kim about how to maintain First Amendment rights of the Occupy SF protesters while addressing the cost of public health issues “given the long-term nature of this protest.”
Earlier this month, Lee issued a statement following a police crackdown at the Market Street camp saying that while he sympathizes with the movement’s cause, the sidewalk should not be blocked. While Occupy tent communities have sprung up in cities nationwide -- including Oakland -- San Francisco’s movement is struggling to establish one because local park ordinances don’t allow it, and there is no permit for camping or cooking with flames on The City’s sidewalks.