Occupy San Francisco Protesters Fears Post-Election Police Raid

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— With the comparative majority of attention focused on Occupy Oakland, it’s easy to forget that San Francisco protesters are occupying two separate sites in downtown San Francisco.

Occupy SF is now even considering branching out to a third site at Civic Center Plaza as soon as this weekend.

Dozens of demonstrators still occupy Harry Bridges Plaza and a strip of Market Street outside the Federal Reserve.

KCBS’ Doug Sovern Reports:

They don’t feel forgotten, even though Occupy Oakland has garnered international attention with its instances of violence with police, in which an Iraq War Veteran allegedly suffered a fractured skull and a by and large peaceful mass protest and general strike shut down the Port of Oakland.

Adam has been camping out at Occupy SF for 45 days.

“I think we’re doing good and we’re planning on moving eventually and finding bigger space so it’s more accommodating for us,” he said.

The group’s been debating when to stake a claim to Civic Center Plaza, where their camp would have a grassy area to use like the one in Oakland.

During our visit to the encampment, police came by to tell protesters they had to take down tents they’d just put up to stay dry, out of the rain. The campers refused, and the police left.

Fearing an imminent raid, a protester who goes by Pretty Little Prince and another woman got naked and started parading up and down Market Street in the nude.

“I took my clothes off and made a statement,” Prince said. When asked what the statement was, she then turned around, bearing a sign that read, “Occupy This” on her rear end.

The demonstrators say they’re here to stay, but they’re anxious about the prospect of a police crackdown after the election for mayor on Tuesday.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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