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Police remove Occupy San Diego tents, 1 protester arrested

October 14, 2011 |  9:05 am

Occupy San Diego
Meeting only token resistance, police removed the Occupy San Diego tents and other property Friday morning from the plaza behind City Hall. One man was arrested.

As protesters chanted and locked arms, two dozen police at about 7:45 a.m. moved to dismantle the tents and cart off the chairs, tables, tarps and other property.

By 8:30 a.m., the property had been removed.

One man was arrested for physically attempting to block officers, said Chief Bill Lansdowne.

Other protesters were loud in their disapproval of the police actions but did not attempt to block them.

Police said protesters could remain but their property had to be removed to make way for a dance troupe with a city permit to use the plaza Saturday.

"People have a right to protest," Lansdowne said. "They're welcome to stay."

Police had given protesters until midnight Thursday to remove their property and later extended the directive until 7 a.m. Friday.

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-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Occupy San Diego. Police removed tents and other property Friday morning. Credit: Tony Perry / Los Angeles Times

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