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7 Occupy S.F. protesters arrested outside Bank of America

Occupy SF Nov 15 2011
A small group of Occupy San Francisco protesters were moved from outside the Bank of America early Wednesday while Occupy Cal protesters set up tents on Sproul Plaza at UC Berkeley.

Police arrested seven people outside the bank in downtown San Francisco.

Protesters at the main San Francisco encampment at Justin Herman Plaza remained in place and were planning to meet Wednesday morning with Mayor Ed Lee, the Oakland Tribune reported.

Berkeley protesters, meanwhile, set up encampments on the school’s main plaza. They had been evicted from the site last week by campus police, who tore down their tents on orders from UC Berkeley President Robert Birgeneau, the Oakland Tribune reported.

Birgeneau said the school’s policy remained in place.

"We will not allow encampments equivalent to what has occurred in Oakland and San Francisco," the Tribune quoted him as saying.

A university police spokesman could not be reached for comment early Wednesday.

Campus police did not take any immediate action but said they were studying how to proceed. Among the crowd were about 300 Occupy Oakland activists who marched to the UC Berkeley campus one day after police closed the Oakland encampment.

Officials said the great majority of UC Berkeley's 35,000 students went to their classes Tuesday but some were canceled and others were held outdoors.

All day Tuesday, Sproul Plaza was crowded with teach-ins and art installations, the Tribune reported.

Tuesday’s new encampment followed a passionate outdoor speech to students by Robert Reich, a UC Berkeley public policy professor and former secretary of Labor under President Clinton.

“The days of apathy are over, folks,” Reich said to a roaring crowd. “There are some people out there who say we cannot afford education any longer, we cannot provide social services for the poor … but how can that be true if we are now richer than we have ever been before?”

-- Sam Quinones

twitter.com/samquinones7

Photo: A streetcar passes an Occupy S.F. encampment set up along Market Street on Tuesday. Credit:  Eric Risberg / Associated Press.

 
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