Occupy San Francisco protesters take over Bank of America lobby
Occupy San Francisco demonstrators and student protesters have taken over the lobby at a Bank of America branch in the city’s financial district, chanting “We are the 99%!”
Dozens of protesters jammed the bank lobby at 50 California St. about 2 p.m., with some standing on desks, waving signs and chanting “Banks got bailed out; We got sold out!” Nervous-looking bank employees retreated behind a counter.
Police officers stood nearby, but no arrests were made. There also were no reported incidents of vandalism.
“I respectfully ask you to protest outside,” a bank official told the protesters, while shooing away a customer who tried to deposit a check. Some protesters left, but many remained.
The California State University Board of Trustees narrowly voted Wednesday to increase annual tuition by 9%, or $500, for next fall. Annual tuition for undergraduates will rise to just under $6,000.
-- Maura Dolan in San Francisco