Police cleared tents belonging to Occupy SF demonstrators from the sidewalk in front of the Federal Reserve building at 101 Market St. early this morning, but have not attempted to clear the main camp at Justin Herman Plaza.
Police said that approximately 12 tents were removed by the Department of Public Works with police assistance, and six people were arrested for interfering.
According to protesters at the scene, at least one arrestee named James was charged with battery on a police officer, but was released shortly after his arrest.
Police issued notices to protesters Wednesday stating that occupants of tents along the sidewalks of Market Street must vacate immediately, but did not mention Justin Herman Plaza.
Protesters expressed concern that the main camp would be raided soon following an early-morning police action Wednesday that cleared tents along the first block of Market Street.
That afternoon, Mayor Ed Lee visited the Justin Herman Plaza encampment and said that protesters would have a chance to bring the camp into compliance with the city’s health and safety demands.
As many as 200 tents were pitched on Wednesday, according to city officials, and the Department of Public Health recently declared the encampment a public health nuisance.
Scott Morris, Bay City News