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Police in riot gear face down Occupy protesters inside bank

November 16, 2011 |  3:11 pm

Police in riot gear warned Occupy San Francisco protesters who took over the lobby of a Bank of America in the city’s financial district Wednesday that they would be arrested if they did not leave the premises.

About 20 officers with helmets and batons entered the bank on California Street about 2:45 p.m. and warned protesters sitting in the lobby that they would be arrested and cited. Organizers circulated fliers advising protesters what to do if they were taken into custody.

Some demonstrators left the bank, but about 75 remained, chanting, “We shall not be moved!” Others taunted police: "You're sexy, you're cute, take off your riot suit!"

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Some protesters set up a tent in the lobby while nervous looking bank employees huddled behind a counter.

Some of the protesters 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 on the board of Bank of America Corporation. Some students participating in the demonstration inside the bank branch Wednesday were chanting, "Where is Monica?"

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