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Police arrest Occupy San Francisco protesters inside bank

November 16, 2011 |  4:12 pm

Police arrest Occupy San Francisco protesters inside bankPolice in riot gear have begun arresting Occupy San Francisco protesters who took over the lobby of a Bank of America in the city’s financial district Wednesday afternoon.

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.

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.

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?”


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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