Ten days after police confiscated tents from protesters who were sleeping on the sidewalk in front of the Federal Reserve Bank on Market Street, Occupy SF has reassembled a camp at Justin Herman Plaza across from the Ferry Building.
Protester Colin Davis, 42, of Concord said the group decided to move most of its operations Saturday night, after spending a week discussing possible locations.
“They just did it last night at 7 o’clock and said, ‘We’re going to see tonight if the cops don’t like it,’” Davis said.
Davis said the new site allowed the group more room to grow without getting in the way of downtown workers or residents. Though protesters had continued to sleep on the sidewalk in front of the Federal Reserve after the police raid, the new site allows for more creature comforts.
Tents and blue tarps covered a kitchen area complete with tables for food preparation. In another covered area, protesters plugged their laptops into a battery that had been charged by a bicycle-powered generator.
Demonstrators continued to hold signs in front of the Federal Reserve on Market Street, but Sunday night they held their main organizational meeting, with more than 100 people, at the plaza.
Protester Michael Clift, 44, of San Diego said dozens of people camped at the plaza Saturday night, most without tents.
Clift said relations between protesters and police — several of whom stood watching the proceedings at the new camp — were good.
“We’ve been working with compliance and cooperation,” Clift said.
Occupy SF, which kicked off Sept. 17, is a protest movement in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street, based in New York. The protesters are opposed to income disparity in the United States and the influence of banks and corporations on U.S. government.