Live Blog for #Occupy Movement: Police Retreat from Occupy SF Plus Boston Mayor Orders Occupy Boston to Leave
Less than twenty-four hours after having their camp cleared by San Francisco police, Occupy San Francisco held their ground at Justin Herman Plaza. The occupiers that aimed to regroup and even retake the plaza were surrounded Wednesday evening by at least seventy cops in riot gear. A General Assembly meeting was kettled.
Police targeted some individuals who were standing on the sidewalk. They also arrested a handful of people that tried to put up a tent. And they injured an occupier when they were arresting him.
According to Silver Underground, around 6:30 pm the General Assembly was interrupted by police orders to disperse. Police gave occupiers five minutes to leave or face arrest. Riot cops surrounded about “three dozen occupiers” that stood their ground.
Chris Jones was near the police perimeter holding a sign that read, ‘Warning! Beware! Bill 1867=George Orwell’s 1984’ a reference to the National Defense Authorization Act.” Silver Underground adds, “After being pushed away multiple times one cop told him he could sit there, then another grabbed him from behind, dragged him down some steps with another Occupier] and roughed both of them up.”
Jones “lay flat, face down, visibly writhing in pain for 30 minutes. Protesters called for medical assistance but police turned the ambulance away. There was even a registered nurse on site, but police would not allow her near him. Finally the San Francisco Fire Department pushed into the Plaza and took him away on a gurney. Now he’s at San Francisco General Hospital receiving medical attention.” [cont’d.]