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Occupy San Francisco: Police barricade Federal Reserve

October 26, 2011 |  9:56 pm

San Francisco police Wednesday night barricaded the Federal Reserve Bank on Market Street, where a few dozen demonstrators milled around.

There were signs and tables set up with protest materials. One shouted out around 9:20: "Does anyone have a bike? We need to send scouts out to see if the cops are coming."

"There are 200 police at Potrero and Third and reports of nine buses ready for arrests," said a protester who described himself as "nervous." "We're expecting it to happen before midnight."

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The Federal Reserve cluster is just blocks from the main Occupy San Francisco encampment. Market Street was quiet, although workers and travelers were still strolling, and bus and BART service appeared to be operating.

At the encampment, one organizer shouted out instructions to the growing crowd about proper behavior: Sit down and link arms with your neighbor if you want to be arrested. Supporters, she said, could dance and chant around the edges.

"Occupy SF is committed to principles of nonviolence," she said, as helicopters whumped overhead. "We've worked really hard ... on organizing our community first, building relationships, building trust.... Practice nonviolence, civil disobedience in this space. You are Occupy SF."


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-- Maria L. La Ganga in San Francisco