Our San Francisco correspondent, “R3belSF” has shared his unique vision of the Occupy San Francisco (OccupySF) encampments through the watchful eye of his camera lens.
The picture to the left makes it clear that the OccupySF camp is near the financial district of downtown San Francisco. The specific area is called, The Embarcadero. It’s near the ferry building and the view is quite splendid on a sunny day.
OccupySF dwellings appear to be basic camping tents with the accoutrements for an extended stay. Pots, pans, water jugs, bicycles and trash containers are just of few of the many items at the disposal of OccupySF protestors.
In the picture collage below, you will see six photos. We recommend for you to click on this image to see the expanded view. It may take some time depending on the speed of your internet connection to download the complete magnified image…but it will be well worth the wait.
The collage shows how OccupySF is a small tent city. This was enlightening to see because another occupy movement in Irvine, California does not appear to have the same level of permanence. In Occupy Irvine, most of the protestors are on foot and they do not have tents.
On October 17th, exactly one month ago, San Francisco Police raided the protest. Police brought down several tents and took them. This happened because the SFPD was ordered to enforce a rule of no sleeping in the area.
There were instances of police officers arresting protestors. The protestors appeared to use a 1960′s passive resistance technique where they laid on the ground, and relaxed their bodies. This “dead man” pose actually makes it difficult for authorities to physically remove a 160-200 pound adult. It took several officers to successfully remove protestors using this technique.
As you can see from the photos to the right, OccupySF definitely has tents again. So it seems the protestors are still staying overnight in the Embarcadero greater area. If anything, their occupation has only increased in size. Although OccupySF looks sparsely populated, they are probably inside the tents and out of view. At the time this article was written, the temperature in San Francisco downtown area was 56 degrees Fahrenheit.
Big thanks goes out to our correspondent R3belSF. We truly appreciate your work and look forward to further insight into this ongoing occupation.
SOURCES: Energy Rebel Correspondent: R3belSF
YouTube.com - OCCUPY SAN FRAN (10-17-11) *EPIC FAIL* POLICE RAID #OCCUPYSF – http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=66uaD7o4zJw – Accessed: November 17th, 2011