Entries in Occupy San Francisco (2)


Protesters Throw Bricks and Bibles at Police in San Francisco

JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Occupy San Francisco’s “Day of Action” turned violent Friday night when protesters occupied an abandoned hotel and began throwing objects at police officers from the roof, police said.

“Once they gained access [to the hotel], some of them made it to the top of the roof and they then began to throw bibles down at the officers,” San Francisco Police Department spokesman Carlos Manfredi said.

“One of officers was struck with a brick to the chest and one of our lieutenants was struck in the hand with an object and may have damaged or even broken his hand,” he said.

Protesters began the day Friday by targeting San Francisco’s financial institutions like the Federal Reserve, Fannie Mae, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, the SEC, Citibank, Chase, and Bechtel.

“The banks are not being responsible and we are tired of being foreclosed, getting in so much debt; it’s just time to change the system,” protester Wendy Kaufmyn told ABC News station KGO-TV in San Francisco.

Protesters began chaining themselves to the entrances of Wells Fargo Bank’s corporate headquarters in downtown San Francisco.

Police in riot gear were called in, and 18 protesters were arrested. That did not stop others from trying to block a nearby Bank of America branch.

Among the protesters was Scott Olsen, the Iraq War veteran who was injured during an Occupy Oakland protest in October, when he was struck in the head by a blunt object other protesters said was a tear gas canister shot by police.

Across the country, protesters also rallied at courthouses Friday to challenge a 2010 Supreme Court decision that largely removed limits on union and corporate spending in support of political campaigns.

Protesters descended on the U. S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C. as part of the nationwide effort that Occupy Wall Street has dubbed “Occupy the Courts.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Arrests After Occupy San Francisco Invades, Vandalizes Bank of America Branch

Jin Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- About 100 Occupy San Francisco protesters were arrested Wednesday when they refused to leave a Bank of America branch that they took over for four hours, much to the chagrin of bank employees, customers, and cops.

The movement, which was spawned in New York City two months ago on Thursday, has expressed their opposition to what members see as corporate greed and income disparities between the nation's wealthiest Americans and the rest of the population Occupy Wall Street has deemed the "99 percenters."

Many of those in the Occupy San Francisco movement who participated in the Bank of America occupation Wednesday were students from UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz, protesting tuition hikes and budget cuts at California schools.

While inside the bank, protesters banged drums, jumped on desks, shouted slogans and committed acts of vandalism, scrawling words like "Greed" on the walls. Bank employees and customers fled the building in the face of the occupiers' actions.

The majority of protesters also left the building, although about 100 remained.  After waiting for reinforcements, dozens of police in riot gear went inside the bank and arrested the protesters, citing them for misdemeanor trespassing and taking them to police stations for processing.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

ABC News Radio