Occupy San Francisco being evicted
OSF being evicted tonight in a sneak raid. Done very covertly/quickly (e.g. no barricades were set up in advance, etc.). Little media present. Commuter systems are being shut down to prevent people from going to the encampment.
No defense presence at OSF, given that it's a surprise raid.
Huge number of police in riot gear. Police are being aggressive, using batons, etc. Arrests are occurring. Listening to an occupier talking about police crashing and grinding his face into the concrete (swelling visible) and hitting him. Possessions (bikes, backpacks, etc) are being tossed in DPW trucks - and some are being broken apart/crushed. Tear gas cannisters are at ready, but haven't been used at this point.
People were given only 5 minutes notice. Many were woken by police out of sleep. Many had no chance to retrieve belongings. Some were arrested out of their tents. Occupiers are angry. Scene is chaotic given rapid, unexpected nature of raid. It's cold and many occupiers have nowhere to go.
Short AP story
Update: Police have now declared unlawful assembly.
And now a bunch of people are choosing not to leave the street (civil disobedience) and are getting arrested. OakFoSho says it's the third or fourth set of arrests tonight.
OakFoSho's livestreaming and his loud firm statements to police (announcing their badge numbers and actions) appears somewhat effective in producing a hint of police restraint (e.g. a cop might ease off on twisting limbs, etc.).
Earlier tonight some of the police were laughing at protesters, but OakFoSho notes one officer who appears to be almost in tears.