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Occupy San Diego movement dwindling to dedicated few

October 17, 2011 |  3:02 pm

The Occupy movement in some locales is growing in numbers and energy, but the Occupy San Diego movement seems to have dwindled.

At noon Monday, only a few dozen protesters remained in the plaza behind City Hall, intermingled with the homeless. Several police officers watched the smallish crowd.

On Friday, police had forcibly removed tents, tarps and other structures from the plaza. Two men were arrested on suspicion of interfering with police.

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Police have said the protesters can stay in the plaza but that their property, except for bedrolls, had to be removed because it violated a municipal ordinance about blocking public access.

Several hundred protesters took part in a downtown march Saturday. But by noon Monday only a few remained in the plaza.

"We're small in numbers but mighty in spirit," said Lorraine Lerman, who said she had been at the plaza since the protest began nine days ago.


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-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Police watch the Occupy San Diego protesters at noon Monday. Credit: Tony Perry / Los Angeles Times