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20 Protesters Arrested After Taking Over Vacant SF Castro Building

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Police arrested about 20 protesters who entered and occupied a vacant building in San Francisco’s Castro District Wednesday night.

The protest, organized by the group Homes Not Jails for World Homeless Day, started around 5 p.m. Wednesday evening in Dolores Park.

Protesters marched down 18th Street and entered the residential building in the 500 block of Castro Street at 5:53 p.m., police Officer Gordon Shyy said.

Once inside, the protesters hung banners from windows and were drilling on the roof, apparently attempting to hang signs and banners there as well.

Police entered the building a short time later and arrested about 20 people, Shyy said.

Shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday night, police were in the process of taking the arrested protesters out of the building and load them into vehicles to transport them to jail.

One woman attempted to run from police and tripped and fell, hurting her ankle. She was taken by ambulance to a hospital and will be booked after she is released, Shyy said.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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