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95 #OccupySF Protesters Arrested after Storming Downtown Bank of America Branch

Some 95 ‘Occupy San Francisco’ protesters were arrested yesterday after they stormed a Bank of America branch in downtown San Francisco.

According to the SF Appeal, the demonstrators were participating in the “ReFund Public Education March” through the city’s Financial District, protesting the cancellation of a University of California Board of Regents meeting this week.

Some of those regents, who have raised in-state tuition from $3,429/semester a decade ago to $12,192 today, embody the “1%” targeted by the ‘Occupy’ movement: Richard Blum is the chairman of Blum Capital Partners; George Marcus leads a commercial real estate brokerage firm; and Monica Lozano sits on the Bank of America board of directors.

At around 2:15 Wednesday afternoon, more than 100 protesters stormed into the Bank of America branch at the intersection of California and Davis. They jumped up on desks, chanting “WE ARE THE 99%!” Some even pitched a tent in the middle of the branch.

The bank occupation continued for less than half an hour before police arrived and ordered the demonstrators to disperse. Some did, but most stayed. Police in riot gear then scrapped with protesters as they attempted to secure the building. Arrests began around 4:00; 95 demonstrators were taken one at a time into police custody.

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  1. WiseFatherNovember 18, 2011 at 12:37 pmReply

    I made a video protest recently for my blog. It is quite funny even if you are pro-megabank. I called my credit card’s customer service line to do some negotiating. Having a bit of leverage, I thought it presented a great opportunity to mess with them a little and make a few points about the unfairness of the credit card lending system. Since it’s a protest at home, I called it my kitchen counterstrike against Bank of America. I think you might enjoy it.

    • Brett WilkinsNovember 18, 2011 at 1:19 pmReplyAuthor

      “Since corporations are people, let’s see how Bank of America likes a swift kick in the nuts.” Priceless! Nice work.

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