Several hundred protestors were gathered in front of the State Building at Civic Center, to protest tuition increases, and then dispersed around 5:30 p.m. The UC Regents were supposed to meet today, but canceled the meeting due to "safety concerns." The California State University system approved a 9 percent tuition increase today as well.
5 p.m. The students have listed a series of demands including:
- stopping all funding cuts for the state education system, from elementary schools to public universities,
- reversing all funding cuts and fee hikes to 2009 levels,
- and to increase taxes on corporations and the rich.
4:23 p.m. KGO shows police arresting more than 20 protesters who set-up tents inside a branch of Bank of America in downtown San Francisco. Police are also lining up along the march route.
3:10 p.m. KQED News intern Vinnee Tong is at the scene of the Bank of America at 50 California Street, which has been occupied by protesters who were part of a march in downtown San Francisco. KTVU reported "at least 100 protesters rushed into a Bank of America branch on California Street near Davis Street, taking it over. They stood inside the branch chanting, "We are the 99 percent."
Vinee Tong says the march started at Justin Herman Plaza, comprised of 300 to 400 people, mostly students and some members from Occupy San Francisco. The students had planned to demonstrate at the UC Regents meeting, but that was cancelled over security concerns.
Protestors began setting up tents in the bank, Tong says, with about six people inside, some with drums. A few dozen others are sitting outside the tent. About a half-dozen police are standing at other end of the room.
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3 p.m. From the Bay Area News Group:
About 2:30, bank managers asked everyone to leave and they were shouted down.
Protesters were running around the bank, standing on desks and writing "Occupy Bank of America" on bank calendars, chanting, "Whose bank, our bank."
Ultimatum given to Occupy SF
Last night police dismantled some ancillary tents that had sprung up from the main Occupy San Francisco encampment at Justin Herman Plaza.