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Occupy San Francisco: Supporters wait for police to clear area

October 26, 2011 | 11:59 pm

Occupy-S.F.for_L.A.NowAt the Occupy San Francisco encampment, supporters waited late Wednesday for police to swoop down and clear the area.

It was unclear when that would happen, but most conceded that it was only a matter of time.

San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos was amid the crowd that included labor leaders, activists and others. He was asked by reporters when police would break up the gathering.

"I have not been told," Avalos said. "I have called the mayor. I have not been called back. I called the police chief. I had not been called back."

He supported the demonstration. “It’s about free speech and assembly," he said. "Taking away their ability to stay here is taking away their constitutional rights.”

One protester, his dog on a leash, was decked out in a papier mache dinosaur outfit. He waved a sign that said: "Greedzilla is killing the city."


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Image: Map shows location of the Occupy San Francisco encampment. Credit: Paul Duginski / Los Angeles Times