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Occupy San Diego: 9 arrested in sweep of homeless encampment

Nine people were arrested early Wednesday in San Diego as police and county sheriff's deputies moved to remove tents, sleeping bags and other property from a homeless encampment adjacent to City Hall.

The encampment is an outgrowth of the Occupy San Diego protest movement that was ousted from Civic Center Plaza in a police sweep on Oct. 28, resulting in 51 arrests.

Dozens of police and deputies in riot gear arrived around 2 a.m. Wednesday to order persons to remove the tarps, tables, sleeping bags, blankets, pillows and mounds of clothing and trash that had accumulated along a street adjacent to the civic theatre, just outside the Civic Center Plaza.

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The area is being cleaned by city workers. After the cleaning, the grassy area will be open for use by protesters and others, but not as a place for private property, police said.

Most of the arrests were for resisting arrest and refusing to disperse.

Occupy San Diego leaders planned a march to protest the police action. "You can't evict an idea," said Frank Gormlie, an Occupy San Diego leader and local journalist.

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-- Tony Perry in San Diego

 
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