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Occupy San Francisco Evicted

December 7-8, 2011

Photos by Liz Highleyman (action) Luke Hauser (day after)

With five minutes warning, San Francisco police arrived in the middle of the night to evict Occupy San Francisco. About 70 people were arrested during the December 7, 2011 eviction and in protests later in the day.

Thanks to Liz Highleyman for the striking photos of the eviction actions. Luke Hauser went by the next day and talked to folks at the Fed vigil and photographed the now-vacant site of the encampment.

A general assembly was to meet that evening to discuss next steps. Activists at the Fed vigil were leafletting for the Port-of-Oakland action next week.

The SF encampment sprang out of the Fed Bank vigil and associated direct actions that took wing in the aftermath of Occupy Wall Street in September 2011.

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December 7th police actions - photos by Liz Highleyman

Photo by Liz Highleyman.

Photo by Liz Highleyman.

Photo by Liz Highleyman.

Some of the 70 arrestees. Photo by Liz Highleyman.

You can't evict an idea whose time has come! Photo by Liz Highleyman.

Day-After photos by Luke Hauser

The day after the eviction, I went by the daily vigil at the Fed Bank, which has been going since September. Campers were evicted about two weeks ago, but the vigil returns each day. Although the encampment at Embarcadero Plaza grew out of this vigil, the two have rather distinct tones and organizing.
I talked with a few of the dozen or so men who were there. They were leafletting for the Port-of-Oakland protest next week, and said a General Assembly that evening would discuss further SF actions.
The mood was somber but friendly. I put a few dollars in the tip jar and took these shots.

Tablers in front of the Fed Bank, downtown San Francisco - day after the nearby encampment was evicted.

The police, finally realizing they are part of the 99 percent, held a solidarity vigil behind the barricades.

San Francisco police, finished dealing with all crime and social problems throughout the City, have found the funds to establish a permanent police substation in the area of the Occupy encampment.
Despite the chill attitudes of officers, I saw thirty or more protest-ready police in a two-block area.

City workers on the site of the encampment.
The area needed some sprucing up, but the entire Embarcadero Plaza area gets remodeled several times a year for various commercial and civic events, so it's unlikely there was much additional cost to the City.

City workers on the site of the encampment.

Guarding the plaza from the citizenry. When I started to take these shots I was shooed away, but I said "let me get a few shots and I'll leave," and they seemed satisfied.

The action continues - visits to the Fed Bank vigilers are much appreciated. A few dollars, a plate of cookies (seriously!), a few minutes' conversation help boost the morale of the vigilers.
Photos by Luke Hauser.

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Luke Hauser (aka George Franklin) is a freelance parajournalist in the service of the Goddess and planetary revolution. His photo-filled book Direct Action is an historical novel about Bay Area protests.
Photos 2011 by RQ. Please do not copy, reproduce, fold, spindle, mutilate, or otherwise use them without written permission (which we are usually glad to offer). Thanks!

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