A heated clash between San Francisco police and Occupy SF protesters led to five arrests Sunday night, as police moved to take down a new encampment.
Protesters set up tents at Justin Herman Plaza, across from the Ferry Building, on Saturday night. Police say the protestors were told all day Sunday to remove the tents, citing a violation of park code. The protesters refused to move the tents, police said.
Around 10:30 p.m. Sunday, police took down the tents and loaded them into Department of Public Works trucks and vans. Protesters surrounded the vehicles and refused to move, police said.
One protester stabbed a tire on a DPW truck. Another protester was arrested for battery on a police officer. Four others were arrested for resisting arrest and for being on the roadway, police said.
Protesters say police assaulted and threatened people in the plaza.
The tents at Justin Herman Plaza were erected 10 days after police took down an encampment in front of the Federal Reserve Bank on Market Street.
The group decided to move most of its operations to the plaza Saturday night, after spending a week discussing possible locations, protester Colin Davis, 42, of Concord said.
Davis said the new site allowed the group more room to grow without getting in the way of downtown workers or residents.
Tents and blue tarps covered a kitchen area complete with tables for food preparation. In another covered area, protesters plugged their laptops into a battery that had been charged by a bicycle-powered generator.