Occupy SF: 75 Arrested in Catholic Church Occupation

Courtesy of SFPD
Occupiers were either planning to sit in the chairs or throw them at cops ... one of the two
The San Francisco Archdiocese made it very clear that it is there to serve God, not the 99 percent. The religious leaders yesterday afternoon ordered police to start rounding up occupiers and arresting them a day after protesters descended on the church's vacant building on Turk Street, pledging to turn the site into a permanent space for the homeless.

Initially, S.F. Catholics had instructed police to hold off on messing with occupiers, which gave protesters plenty of time to start prepping for a fight; when police did raid the building, they found the gates had been heavily barricaded along with piles of bricks, chairs, and buckets of paint on the rooftop. "There was concern that these items were going to be used as weapons against police officers," said Sgt. Michael Andraychak.

When police entered the building, occupiers retreated into rooms, many of which had also been barricaded from the inside. Others locked themselves on the second floor, and one person jumped from the roof and was arrested by police upon his landing.
On Sunday, occupiers had stormed the building, which the church said was still being used as a music facility for the nearby Sacred Heart Cathedral High School. Occupiers began making themselves at home, handing out flyers, announcing the "grand opening" of the building as the "San Francisco Commune," while activists organized the space for homeless folks in need of shelter.

When police raided the site on Monday afternoon, they did find mattresses, bedrolls, a makeshift medical room, and a kitchen -- all signs that occupiers had longterm plans for the two-story building. But there were also signs of miscreants in the group. Police found disturbing graffiti inside the building, including the phrases "Burn it down,"  "New Social Order," and "Kill Cops." Officers also found white supremacy literature inside one of the rooms, Adraychak said.

By 6 p.m., police had mostly cleared the area, and some 75 protesters were arrested on suspicion of trespassing. Today the Archdiocese is out there assessing just how much money this 24-hour occupation will cost them -- and churchgoers.

But let's not jump to any conclusions about Catholics. In fact, there is an "Occupy Catholics" movement forming out there, which is working to seek justice for the 99 percent -- in God's eyes, of course.

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I think the Occupy scene, has simple evolved into a bunch of spoiled idiotic people, demanding things, with no clear vision, on how to really achieve their goal.....silly battles...over and over...cops and robbers...etc......what a bore.  

Tandava Kandiah
Tandava Kandiah

for a little clearing up. 1 a few assholes came in and tagged the place up with all that kill cops stuff when we were still getting settled, and then left. we had painted over all that with nice white paint, but some was still legible cause we needed to put a second coat over it still. there was no intention ever to use bricks as weapons. and last, the white supremisist literature was an educational pamphlet about the probloms coming from white supremisists.

Christopher Neal
Christopher Neal

Let us stop for a second and look at Erin Sherbert's claim.

Does this really mean that the San Francisco Archdiocese  serves only God and NOT the 99%???

Or does this simply mean that the church which provides a great deal of service to the community would prefer to not have anarchist squatters destroy their property.

Yet more yellow journalism effluvia from Erin Sherbert.


Anyone interested in helping foster a more constructive relationship between Catholics and the Occupy movement should join those of us who are organizing with Occupy Catholics: occupycatholics.org.

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