SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco police have arrested nearly 80 Occupy protesters who had taken over an empty building and apparently planned to stay there long-term.
The San Francisco Chronicle () reports that officers in riot gear stormed the two-story building around 1:15 p.m. Monday after breaking through a barricade the activists had built. http://bit.ly/Hc1ZqA
Police say no one was injured during the arrests.
The building is owned by the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco and had recently been used as a music education facility. The protesters entered the structure Sunday after holding a rally and march nearby.
Activists say they believe the building should be used as a center for health services and education.
The takeover was the first major action by Occupy San Francisco since the dismantling of an Embarcadero encampment in December.