Protesters storm empty Cathedral Hill Hotel in San Francisco 

Dozens of protesters stormed into the vacant Cathedral Hill Hotel about 6:30 tonight as part of a demonstration organized by Homes Not Jails that started at the Civic Center around 5 p.m. According to its website, the organization advocates for the use of vacant and abandoned housing for people who are homeless.

The hotel is located at Geary Boulevard and Van Ness Avenue, and California Pacific Medical Center is turning it into a hospital.

"I don't know about you, but I want to see what 600 empty beds look like," an organizer with Homes Not Jails was heard saying before the group entered the building. About 50 people had gathered outside, but it was not known how many went in.

Protesters were seen on the rooftop and unfurling banners out windows that said, "Homes Not Jails" and "Occupy Everything." A bolt on a fence surrounding the building was cut to gain entrance.



As of 7 p.m., only a handful of police officers were on scene, along with several private security guards working at the old hotel, and the group was planning to head to another building, but would not disclose the location.

Since July, protests have been a weekly occurrence in San Francisco. For nearly two months, demonstrations against police brutality were directed at BART. And a group calling itself Occupy SF has set up outside the Federal Reserve building on Market Street since September in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York.

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