12/8 12:49 AM: “Occupy SF” tents were voluntarily cleared from a San Francisco plaza late Wednesday night, according to San Francisco police.
The local contingent of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement had been camped at Justin Herman Plaza at the foot of Market Street in the Financial District since October. Early Wednesday morning police dismantled the camp.
After a day of more than 85 arrests, police said there were no additional arrests to report at 11:36 p.m.
Throughout the day protesters and police faced off as the group tried to reclaim the area.
Protesters who had re-pitched a handful of tents at the site Wednesday evening voluntarily removed them by midnight, according to police.
12/7 9:33 PM: An Occupy SF general assembly meeting is underway once again after it was interrupted by police earlier Wednesday night.
Officers in riot gear appear to have backed off after facing off with the crowd at Justin Herman Plaza for several hours.
The crowd gathered at the plaza earlier this evening for a general assembly meeting after a day of protests in response to a police raid of the Occupy SF encampment early this morning.
The protesters gathered to discuss the future of the movement, according to a protester named Ryan.
“We’ve peacefully retaken the plaza,” Ryan said at around 6 p.m.
“It’s pretty beautiful.”
A short time later, officers began issuing orders for dispersal and moved in on the crowd, according to Ryan.
Ryan said the demonstrators are considering what steps to take now after the encampment was dismantled Wednesday morning.
“We’re moving into phase two, the next step of our movement,” Ryan said.
Protesters pitched one tent in the plaza and several protesters who had gathered near the tent were in handcuffs earlier tonight.
Information regarding the number of arrests Wednesday night was not immediately available.
One protester was taken to a hospital for medical treatment during Wednesday night’s demonstration.
Police arrested at least two protesters during demonstrations Wednesday afternoon and around 85 people were arrested during the raid this morning.