Thursday, 11:45 a.m. Video of the scene outside the bank taken by Bay City News reporter Dan McMenamin yesterday:
6:15 p.m. Police arrested more than 90 people at a Bank of America branch downtown that students took over Wednesday afternoon. About 100 students rushed into the bank around 2 p.m. and pitched a tent in the lobby. For the next several hours police arrested protesters one at a time, as protesters calmly sang, drummed and joked about their situation. Police gave the protesters a chance to leave without getting arrested earlier.
Occupy Oakland is holding a general assembly tonight at 6:30 p.m. and Occupy Cal students have pitched tents on the campus.
5:26 p.m. Police continue to arrest protesters who stayed inside Bank of America. About 50 people have been arrested so far.
Several hundred protestors were gathered in front of the State Building at Civic Center, to protest tuition increases, and then dispersed around 5:30 p.m. The UC Regents were supposed to meet today, but canceled the meeting due to “safety concerns.” The California State University system approved a 9 percent tuition increase today as well.
5 p.m. The students have listed a series of demands including:
- stopping all funding cuts for the state education system, from elementary schools to public universities,
- reversing all funding cuts and fee hikes to 2009 levels,
- and to increase taxes on corporations and the rich.
4:23 p.m. KGO shows police arresting more than 20 protesters who set-up tents inside a branch of Bank of America in downtown San Francisco. Police are also lining up along the march route.
3:10 p.m. KQED News intern Vinnee Tong is at the scene of the Bank of America at 50 California Street, which has been occupied by protesters who were part of a march in downtown San Francisco. KTVU reported “at least 100 protesters rushed into a Bank of America branch on California Street near Davis Street, taking it over. They stood inside the branch chanting, “We are the 99 percent.”
Vinee Tong says the march started at Justin Herman Plaza, comprised of 300 to 400 people, mostly students and some members from Occupy San Francisco. The students had planned to demonstrate at the UC Regents meeting, but that was cancelled over security concerns.
Protestors began setting up tents in the bank, Tong says, with about six people inside, some with drums. A few dozen others are sitting outside the tent. About a half-dozen police are standing at other end of the room.
3 p.m. From the Bay Area News Group:
About 2:30, bank managers asked everyone to leave and they were shouted down.
Protesters were running around the bank, standing on desks and writing “Occupy Bank of America” on bank calendars, chanting, “Whose bank, our bank.”
Last night police dismantled some ancillary tents that had sprung up from the main Occupy San Francisco encampment at Justin Herman Plaza. Today, representatives from the camp met with Mayor Ed Lee and some city department heads in a meeting that had been scheduled before the raid yesterday. Our reporter Katrina Schwartz sat in on the meeting and reports the following:
Ultimatum given to Occupy SF
Last night police dismantled some ancillary tents that had sprung up from the main Occupy San Francisco encampment at Justin Herman Plaza.
Today, representatives from the camp met with Mayor Ed Lee and some city department heads in a meeting that had been scheduled before the raid yesterday. Our reporter Katrina Schwartz sat in on the meeting and reports the following: