Justin Herman Plaza empty a day after Occupy SF standoff

All was quiet along the Embarcadero on Thursday evening, less than 24 hours after police and members of the OccupySF encampment engaged in a standoff.

Several dozen members remain at the Federal Reserve building at 101 Market Street, where the occupation began in September and had since moved to Justin Herman Plaza to accommodate the growing support of the movement.

On Thursday night, roughly 30 OccupySF members slept on the sidewalk in front of the Federal Reserve in sleeping bags and on cardboard. There were no tents set up.

Accompanying the protesters were dozens of San Francisco Police officers. Some stood visibly at the erected barricade in front of the reserve, others sat in cars and waiting rooms in the Hyatt hotel ground floor around the camp. The amount of police far outnumbered the protesters.

One Occupy member, who declined to be named, said the large amount of police was present all day. He said the police were probably expecting campers to again attempt to reclaim Justin Herman Plaza. He said that was not the plan.

“Many people are just regrouping now,” he said. “We’re sleeping.”

Justin Herman Plaza sat empty Thursday night.

Whether the group tries to retake the space they’ve called home for more than two months remains to be seen, but members are planning a “sleep in” at the Federal Reserve on Saturday and many plan to participate in the West Coast Port Shutdown on Monday, called by Occupy Oakland.

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

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