Police arrest Occupy San Francisco protesters inside bank
After a two-hour standoff, more than a dozen officers began arresting protesters sitting on the floor in the lobby of the California Street bank about 3:50 p.m. Police used plastic handcuffs to arrest demonstrators, who shouted back at the officers, “You’re the 99%!”
Dozens of protesters remained in the bank, and the arrests proceeded in a peaceful and orderly fashion. Police said the arrests were for misdemeanor trespassing.
There were no reports of vandalism, but one protester urinated in the bank lobby at the beginning of the siege.
Some of the demonstrators included university students, who joined Occupy San Francisco demonstrators to denounce tuition increases.
Monica Lozano, a UC regent, is also a member of the board of the Bank of America Corp. Some of the students participating in the bank sit-in, chanted, “Where is Monica?”
-- Maura Dolan in San Francisco
Photo: Members of the Occupy movement are arrested after refusing to leave a Bank of America branch in San Francisco's financial district.
Credit: Ben Margot / Associated Press