4:32 a.m., May 22
Occupy San Diego Reclaims Personal Property, Relocates to East Lawn
The Civic Center concourse has been vacated of occupiers and water-filled jersey walls have remained around the plaza’s perimeter since Friday’s early morning raid which ended in 51 arrests (11 of which were at nearby Children's Park).
Several San Diego police officers held post at the plaza’s east entrance this afternoon as protesters returned with plastic bags of clothing, bedding, and supplies to a recent encampment of approximately 40 people on a Third Avenue lawn between B and C streets.
Personal possessions taken during or after the October 28 raid are available for pickup from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at the San Diego Police headquarters on 14th and Broadway.
Occupiers wait to recover confiscated property at SDPD headquarters
“We got two medical boxes and the library back so far, but a lot of things are missing,” said Kari Helstern, a volunteer with the Occupy San Diego Food committee.
“They stole everything,” one protester in his 20s told me outside the headquarters. “They’re fucking thieves.”
When asked about the reportedly substantial loss in personal property, the officer at the counter said, “the most I’ve heard is that they’ve been taken by [City of San Diego] Environmental Services [Department] and disposed of.”
A SDPD van parked on west side of Civic Center plaza
Environmental Services was unavailable for comment at the time of this writing.
Despite challenges, the occupation continues to hold regular committee meetings and intends to resume with the daily general assembly at 7 p.m.
The group has rented out several rooms in a nearby building to store supplies, cook food, and provide internet access.
Occupiers request donations of tarps and prepared food as the group pursues permitted locations to carry on the occupation.
In the meantime, Occupy San Diego has been picketing outside downtown Wells Fargo and Bank of America buildings in anticipation of November 5, or National Bank Transfer Day, when thousands are expected to transfer their accounts to local credit unions from major banks such as Citigroup, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, and Bank of America as a form of protest against a banking system which many occupiers view as bloated, unregulated, and corrupt.
November 5 is celebrated in England as Guy Fawkes Day after a conspirator in the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605 who died after throwing himself from a platform where he was to be hanged.
At the time, being hanged, drawn, and quartered was a penalty for high treason.
The Fawkes mask was adopted by the enigmatic hacktivist group Anonymous after being popularized by the comic-based movie V for Vendetta.
Famous for their distributed denial of service attacks on the websites of PayPal, Visa, and Mastercard in defense of WikiLeaks last year, Anonymous has been goading the Occupy movement along with videos such as this one since the movement began in Manahattan on September 17.