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City crews remove Occupy San Francisco tents, protesters

November 19, 2011 |  1:42 pm

San Francisco city crews are removing an Occupy encampment near the city’s financial district Saturday afternoon, an area newspaper is reporting.

The crews, in blue disposable jumpsuits and paper masks, began moving dozens of tents at Justin Herman Plaza and from in front of the Federal Reserve Bank, the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting on its website.

Some protesters locked arms to keep crews at bay. However, others folded their tarps, packed tents and moved to other areas in the encampment, the Chronicle reported.

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City crews also carried garbage bags to pick up trash accumulated at the site, the newspaper reported.

Police were not involved in the clearing but were standing by in the event they were needed, the Chronicle reported.

 -- Sam Quinones