Occupy San Francisco: Tense standoff between police, protesters
A tense standoff continued Thursday morning between San Francisco police and Occupy San Francisco protesters.
Police have called on the protesters to leave Justin Herman Plaza, saying the camps pose a threat to public health.
Earlier, protesters and police faced off along the Embarcadero near the Ferry Building as officers clad in riot gear chased people who had gathered in the area.
But as of 4:30 a.m., police had not moved in to arrest protesters, according to the San Jose Mercury News, which described a festive scene with people dancing and chanting at the camp.
Across the bay in Oakland, several hundred protesters gathered near City Hall at the area where police and Occupy Oakland supporters had a violent confrontation the night before. Several people were injured in that incident and more than 100 others were arrested.
Some protesters tried to board BART trains to the Occupy San Francisco encampment, but they were blocked by police, the Oakland Tribune reported.
Crowds marched to the Oakland Police Department jail. "Free them all! Free them all!" people chanted.
A crowd of Occupy Oakland supporters gathered late Wednesday near 11th Street and Broadway downtown, where they taunted police lined up on the street.
"Look what you did. We came back stronger," one person yelled, referring to the second gathering in as many nights in the area where violent clashes broke out Tuesday.
Then someone hurled a bottle, prompting cries from the crowd.
"You're endangering all of us," a woman yelled.
-- Maria L. La Ganga in San Francisco, Lee Romney in Oakland and Robert J. Lopez in Los Angeles
Photo: Protesters tear down a fence near City Hall. Credit: Noah Berger/Associated Press