Matthew Lickona 1:14 p.m., May 24
Occupiers Pledge to Retake Civic Center
The Occupy San Diego has once again regrouped after being forced from Civic Center Plaza in the early morning hours on Friday. A crowd of 30-40 protesters milling about in front of the Wells Fargo Plaza building at 401 B Street downtown was met by a group of marchers about twice as large shortly before 9:00.
Materials were disbursed to create new posters to replace the ones seized the night before and activists sat on the ground with markers and poster board, scrawling messages of resilience. Plans were affirmed to continue the group’s scheduled protest of the San Diego Association of Governments regional transit plan, which members of the group say will result in $200 billion “wasted on further highway sprawl.”
Speaking through the human microphone, a call-and-answer technique developed at the central Occupy Wall Street movement when police in New York banned any kind of sound amplification, Lorena Gonzalez of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council pledged support from her group. She announced that nurses’ groups and labor supporters would march with the occupiers to re-take the Civic Center Plaza for the second time. Councilman Ben Hueso has also pledged his support and has promised to be in attendance, Gonzalez reported.
“We may get arrested, but I will be first in line,” said Gonzalez. “They can deal with me, and with my attorneys.”
Over forty protesters arrested overnight are being held on $2,500 bond, charged with illegal lodging.