Protesters have pitched a tent in the middle of San Francisco’s Montgomery Street this morning near where Occupy demonstrations are blocking two banks as part of a daylong protest in The City.
Police arrested seven protesters today after they chained themselves to the Sacramento Street side of Wells Fargo’s corporate headquarters at 420 Montgomery St. earlier this morning.
The protesters were arrested on suspicion of creating a public safety hazard, police spokesman Sgt. Daryl Fong said.
Then shortly before 9 a.m., protesters also began blocking a nearby Bank of America branch at 345 Montgomery St.
While some protesters began marching through the Financial District later in the morning, others pitched a tent and placed tables and chairs on Montgomery Street, which was closed between California and Pine streets as of 10:45 a.m. because of the demonstration.
All four sides of the Wells Fargo building were blocked off by protesters while entrances to the nearby Bank of America building were also blocked off by dozens of protesters as of 10:45 a.m.
The protests are part of a day of action planned by Occupy San Francisco and other groups that are calling on banks to end what they say are predatory eviction and foreclosure practices.
Other actions planned in San Francisco today include an “Occupy the Courts” event planned for noon at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at 95 Seventh St. and a 5 p.m. march from Justin Herman Plaza, according to organizers.