Occupy Wall Street West Trying Hard to Occupy the Financial District, 19 Arrested

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(Update) 3:50 p.m.: It looks like the madness is moving down Marker Street, where protesters are blocking traffic. So yeah, your commute home will suck. The Occupy Party bus has arrived, and is headed toward the Civic Center, it appears. Meanwhile, Wells Fargo is playing it smart and has boarded up all its windows, not that this demonstration has been anything like what we saw in Oakland.

(Update) 2:27 p.m. Sgt. Michael Andraychak tells us that as of 12:30 p.m., a total of 19 protesters were arrested after refusing to move away from the Wells Fargo exits. Police are still in the Financial District, but Andraychak says the demonstration seems to have calmed down for now. "It ebbs and flows," he said. SF Weekly's Browner tells us that protesters have gathered outside of the Bank of America on Montgomery, closing off the street off. Police are standing nearby in riot gear.

(Update) 1:16 p.m. Browner now tells us a group of peaceful protesters are moving to City Hall, singing bluegrass tunes of all things. Browner says she's seen a handful of protesters arrested, and confirmed with Occupy that at least seven demonstrators have been hauled to jail. However, other media outlets are reporting that number is now at 19. Police are no longer lingering at California and Kearney, but no word on where they are now.

Update: (12:23 p.m.): A police source tells SF Weekly that occupy protesters on Market Street are posing as undercover cops, arresting their fellow protesters. "Doing it now on Market Street," our source wrote to us at noon. "Haven't seen that before!" Not sure why they might be doing this, but the source speculates it's to rile the movement.

Update: (11:29 a.m.) Cops have cleared California Street and are holding pedestrians on the sidewalk.The party bus that some Occupiers' had used is indeed leaving, headed down Montgomery toward Market. People are marching after it, including the brass band that's been there all day.

Update: (11:20 a.m.) Cops in riot gear are now marching on California Street, which is shut down from Kearny to Sansome. Browner and Conger both report arrests and some violent flare ups: One protester struck with a baton; another protester's percussion instruments were seized as potential weapons. Some cable cars are able to pass through the intersection.

Update: (11:08 a.m.) Kate Conger reports, "Protesters are marching on motorcycle cops, who are backing up Montgomery toward Sacramento. That's different from Oakland. I've never seen the OPD back up from a crowd."

Update: (11:00 a.m.) Cops in riot gear hold the line on Sacramento Street. There appear to be about 200 protesters in total. Many are chanting "Shame on you!" and "Let him go!" at cops over arrests.

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Kate Conger

Update: (10:55 a.m.) The protesters will let public transportation through, but not this BMW. 

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Erin Browner

Update: (10:45 a.m.) Conger and Browner report that the intersection of California and Montgomery Street is blocked again. As Conger puts it, "lots of sage burning and chanting." Browner, meanwhile, has noted lots of cowbell -- and that the protesters clear the way to allow Muni through.

Update: (10:38 a.m.) SF Weekly's Erin Browner is out among the soaking-wet Occupiers. Here's the first of her photo updates, first of the"Carnival of Resistance" protesters in front of Citicorp at Sutter and Sansmome. Browner reports lots of masks and facepaint and just one police van. She reports that protesters are writing "99 %" on each bank they pass, including the Bank of America at California & Montgomery.

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Erin Browner
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Erin Browner
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Erin Browner

Update: (10:22 a.m.): 
Cops have succeeded in clearing Montgomery street. 

Update: (10:15 a.m.):  Protesters are blocking Montgomery between California and Pine and are not letting cars through. They are also blockading the doors of Bank of America.

Update (8:40 a.m.): Protesters have chained themselves to the doors of the Wells Fargo Headquarters.

Original story (7:35 a.m.): Perhaps it's the rain, or maybe it's just too early in the morning, but it appears that Occupy's latest attempt to disrupt the city's financial institutions is off to a slow start. 

The group had advertised this to be the biggest street demonstration since the 2003 anti-war protests; however, SF Weekly writer Kate Conger is in downtown San Francisco and tells us it's not much more than several small groups spread throughout the Financial District.

A small cluster of protesters are gathered at the side entrance to Wells Fargo. The group is chanting and using some kind of tubes to connect their arms and block the bank's doors. 

A wet and probably frustrated group of bank employees is standing in the rain, waiting to get inside the building. 
Conger says that protesters claim they have shut down the Wells Fargo headquarters, but we can't say for sure if that's true.

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Kate Conger
Other demonstrators have been stationed outside Goldman Sachs, asking people not to go into work today. There weren't enough demonstrators there to block the doors, though security did lock the doors, but they are still letting employees inside.

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Christopher Neal
Christopher Neal

Some of those protesters, by assessing their wardrobe choices, are clearly one-percenters.

"Carnival"= apt.

Alcestes
Alcestes

"Forclosed."??? Now that is classic.

'Nuff said.

Worldjustice
Worldjustice

The 1% plays by the rule book. In fact, most of them made the rules. Occupy is not trying to get the 1% to follow the law, Occupy is trying to change the law. If Romney pays what the IRS is requires of him, he is a law abiding citizen. No one is saying he's not. Let's rather question our IRS requirements. I find peace is speaking my mind. How do you find yours? By ignoring reality?

VictoryRway
VictoryRway

We support OWS-West Coast, but can't afford to lose even 4-hours pay.   Our thoughts and prayers are with OWS today.

Mtbzthomp
Mtbzthomp

Alan, Romney pay 15% on capital gains as allowed by the IRS tax code. He is paying what he owes. Why is this such a point of contention? Is it because you are jealous that he has capital gains and want to take them from him?? We need to stop reveling in class warfare before we destroy our country. We are quickly following the path that destroyed Rome. Get over yourself, quit being jealous, an do something productive that brings you peace. Let go of the hate.

Barron Albert
Barron Albert

Hate? Jelous? I think you are a troll. Even if you are not, you can continue to sit on the sidelines. The day will come when you will have to open your eyes becuase the fight is coming to you!

Xtina
Xtina

I didn't get to vote that capital gains should only be taxed at 15% for multi-billionaires. Or that BP should be allowed a $10 billion tax write-off on the losses it incurred cleaning up the oil spill last year. Did you?

Realist
Realist

Hey, whiner, the capitol gains tax applies to everybody that takes on the risk of investment, not just the rich. If you ever decide to quit complaining that other people are making more money than you and try to make that money for yourself via financial investments, you, too, will be required to pay 15% on your gains.

I didn't get to vote on the earned income credit, or the tax credits that go to breeders for popping out six kids, or anything else I am taxed for that I do not agree with. But I pay that crap anyway, more than my fair share.

Until you (I'm talking to you, occupy) can accept responsibility for your own life, instead of worrying what other people are doing with theirs, you'll be at a disadvantage and you'll always be beaten by those that spend more time fending for themselves than trying to take from others.

Realist
Realist

I can see that you're confused.

I call you a whiner and you cannot see why. I'll explain: You have a job working 40 hours a week at a large company. This means you likely have health insurance and all that accompanies such jobs. You also have food, transportation, a place to live and a 401K, and you are still complaining. Not only that, but you feel that nobody should have the wealth that Romney has, though I can guarantee you'd feel differently if that money was yours.

What I hear you suggesting is that we take Romney's cash (indeed, money from all rich people) and divvy it up between any and all because, though he earned it, Romney has too much. Well, I'll wager there are plenty of people in this world that would say the same of you and your property, cash, and lot in life. If Romney owes you and occupy because he has more, you and occupy owe India because what you have compared to what most Indians have is completely unfair and you do not deserve it - you have too much. 

Here you are, with all you do have, complaining that it is not enough, stating that people with more than you should give it up to those that have less. Cute.

And please, do not lecture me on the state of the world. I've been to Africa and South America. I've been to India, SEA, Central America ...I've seen REAL poverty, which is one big reason your complaining, with all that you do have, disgusts me so.

Xtina
Xtina

I'm confused. I say that I think there's something unfair about the tax code, and you say that there's something unfair about the tax code--you pay "more than [your] fair share"--and I'm a whiner? I think there's something wrong with your proverbial glassware.

I feel like my responsibility is to make sure that the current state of things *changes* to become more fair, not that I *accept* the way things are.

Alan Scherstuhl
Alan Scherstuhl

Irony: When some pissy internet person who accuses folks he or she has never met of "jealousy" and "destroy"ing the country tells me to get over *my* hate.

Realist
Realist

That's not irony, actually.

Realist
Realist

You know, it's come to the point for me where I actually feel embarrassed for this occupy thing. It's like watching one of those movies where the entire point is to make you feel uncomfortable by watching other people make complete fools of themselves.

I'm sure that blocking traffic, messing with other people's paychecks (again) and making a general mess of things for those that find something to do other than sit around burning sage and playing with hula hoops, will entice other reasonable people to support your, uh, cause. I'd use another term but I don't know the word for "anti-cause".

P.S. You guys spelled foreclosed incorrectly on the Citigroup center sign and it looks like you need reminding that the "rich" already pay taxes. In fact, the top ten percentile...well, I won't go into numbers because I know that confuses you and I know you tend to ignore reality, anyway. Carry on.

Alan Scherstuhl
Alan Scherstuhl

Romeny pays 15 per cent!

Realist
Realist

Because the majority of his income comes from investments, not salary. Do you understand the difference?

Xtina
Xtina

Unfortunately, we can't really say that our economy is a "US economy." If that was true, nothing we did would have any effect on other countries, which we know isn't the case.

DRIDGE
DRIDGE

The "occupiers" are far better off than people in Africa, so if you are saying that the top 1% owes Africa money, then I would contest that the bottom 1% of America owes them as well (the bottom 1% in America would be the top 1% there).  But since the economy is a US economy the financial well being of Africa is irrelevant.

This is America, this is a cold world, you are entitled to nothing. 

Xtina
Xtina

Did I say I was entitled to or deserve Romney's money? That would've been a mis-speak, because honestly I don't believe *anyone* should have that much money. Having 1% of the population with intense proportions of money and so many people literally starving in Africa just doesn't sit right with me. I don't think anything anyone could ever do makes them deserving of having obscene amounts of capital. If Romney had "lost his ass" as you put it, maybe he wouldn't be making insulting campaign bets on TV while people in South America can't afford to buy a door for their "house."

And you've made it pretty clear you don't care about me, or really anyone else. You're a rock, an island. Good for you. But realize, neither you nor I have the freedom to invest like Romney because we're not compensated (or grossly overcompensated?) enough to have enough money to make "heavy duty" investments after we pay our bills. You have to have money to make money, my friend, and it sounds like neither of us is in the "have money" situation.

I'm curious to know what you think "my solution" is. Revolution? Maybe a move from a corporatocracy that can buy enough political votes to turn pizza into a vegetable to a true representative democracy? Maybe more than two political parties, so people actually have voices in government that match their beliefs--be it OWS or TP? It would be grand to even have a real capitalistic society--one that lets the invisible hand do its duty and doesn't make up catch phrases like "too big to fail" when banks fuck up our economy with sub-prime loans. The amount of money spent on those bailouts was sickening.

I believe that something needs to be done about this, and no amount of calling me (or the rest of the OWS group) "entitled" is going to change that belief.

Realist
Realist

I couldn't care less about your life, your job, or your salary. That you do not have what Romney has, and I am no fan of Romney's, does not mean that you or anybody else is entitled to it.

Romney made heavy-duty investments that came with heavy-duty risk. He could have as easily lost his ass as made the millions he has now. You're correct in stating that he was lucky, as most investments require a certain amount of luck to pull off. If you feel so inclined, you're welcome to put your money where you feel you could make the most of it and take your chances, too. You have the freedom to do that. Quit complaining and go for it, you whiner.

Your so-called solution, if it aligns with the rest of the self-entitled jackasses comprising occupy, is to take from those that have, whether they earned it or not, and give to those that do not. Your solution makes me sick and so do all that think like you. I work, too, and am far from being rich, and I do NOT feel entitled to other people's money just because I figure I deserve it.

Xtina
Xtina

Romney sure is lucky that he can put so much money into investments so he doesn't have to pay more taxes. Most of my money goes towards food, transportation, and rent, with a little towards a 401k so I'm not destitute when I finally get to retire at age 85. But I suppose you feel that rich people deserve to be rich because they worked harder for it? Because obviously I don't deserve it, I only work 40+ hours a week at a fortune 500 company with a multi-billionaire CEO.

I love how the update included someone "burning sage" to further implant the idea that "these people" are hippies. I'm quite sure that was only a small group, if more than one person. Don't get me wrong: I hate hula hoops as much as the next person. Yet if you look closely at the pictures, everyone else looks pretty normal: jeans, hats, raingear. That's because they *are* normal, if a little younger than American Baby Boomer.

Be "embarrassed." You are not part of the solution.

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