Will Kane, Chronicle Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
San Francisco’s Occupy movement was left reeling after police raided the 142-tent encampment before dawn Wednesday, arrested 70 protesters and confiscated truckloads of goods.
Police moved in after Mayor Ed Lee gave up hope of negotiating a voluntary departure from Justin Herman Plaza with the leaderless Occupy movement. The mayor, who had said repeatedly that tents would not be allowed in the plaza, repeated that warning Wednesday and said he meant it.
Supporters of the city’s 2-month-old Occupy encampment regrouped Wednesday evening in the plaza to discuss how to continue without a logical center.
“It is clear we need to evolve as a movement,” said Philip Oje, 26. “(Camping) has been a good method of raising awareness – we just need to figure out how to get back into the plaza.”
Other ousted campers said that if they couldn’t move back into the plaza, they would re-form the camp elsewhere in the city or look for vacant, foreclosed homes they could occupy.