SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Occupy San Francisco organizers have announced a massive day of action Friday, beginning at 6 a.m. in the city’s financial district.
The last giant Occupy gathering in the city was the takeover of a Bank of America branch in mid-November, one that saw the arrest of some 100 people. This time, organizers say they’re emphasizing non-violence, but an effective disruption of financial institutions like JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Goldman Sachs.
“After the massive police repression when the camps were torn down, the alternative was mobilizing in a different manner,” said Frank Lara, spokesman for the newly re-named Occupy Wall Street West.
“So now it’s turned into a political movement, mainly within the last few weeks. It’s become a push against foreclosures, and targeting specific banks in different neighborhoods, such as the Excelsior and the Mission,” said Lara. “Those were just building up to what we know this Friday as being the shut down of the Financial District, which is really the heart and target of the Occupy movement.”
KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:
It’s not clear how many people will turn out for the protests, but labor groups have already mobilized their members. Still, Lara acknowledges that a big storm is predicted for that day, so that could reduce their numbers.
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