‘Occupy Bernal’ Blocks Auction of Foreclosed Home In San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Plans to auction off a foreclosed home on the steps of San Francisco’s City Hall fell through Friday when Occupy Bernal showed up to protest.

About 30 protestors were ready with their whistles and drums when the auctioneer tried to sell off the property from the Bernal Heights neighborhood right on the steps of City Hall. He tried to go inside the building, but was ejected by sheriff’s deputies. The auctioneer left without making the sale, but said he was just trying to do his job.

Protesters said the banks have to stop throwing people out of their homes illegally.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

The Board of Supervisors has passed a resolution in support of halting foreclosure actions and Supervisor John Avalos was pleased at the success of this protest.

“I think it makes sense to halt foreclosures. I think the civil disobedience has a history in many different forms and I think it’s worthy,” Avalos said.

Although Occupy Bernal succeeded in stopping the auction of this home, foreclosure auctions regularly take place on the steps of City Hall.

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