Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Various witness accounts say a group of between 50 and 100 people moved down Valencia St. smashing windows, throwing paint balls, and even attacking an unsuspecting police station.
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t is not immediately known how many people were arrested. The Occupy San Francisco group released a statement early Tuesday Morning saying that the group of vandals were not part of the movement, but the statement was taken down shortly after.
Scott Anansi Rossi, who was at the scene last night, wrote in a blog post that the riots were not planned.
“I believe we were hijacked and it was an utter clusterfuck. It started out as sort of a “pep rally” type thing at Dolores Park, but maybe 20 minutes after we got there, it turned into a march,” Rossi wrote on his blog.
The vandalism began almost immediately after the group took off from Dolores Park at around 9 p.m. A group of protesters paint-bombed Tartine Bakery on 18th and Guerrero Streets. When they reached Farina one protester grabbed a chair and attempted to break the window, said police officer D. Daza. The protester was not successful. Several of the protesters, described as wearing all black and covering their faces, threw paint sacks and wrote anarchy signs and a message that read “Yuppies out!” at the restaurant’s windows.