Frank has been downtown all day with OccupySD. He just called to let me know (and to let you know) that it appears that arrests may be imminent in the Civic Center Concourse.
From what he can ascertain, there is to be a large dance event in the concourse on Saturday that is scheduled to go from 3pm to midnight. The police want the plaza cleared so the plaza can be cleaned for this event (sounds familiar… I think something similar happened in Seattle and is now an issue in New York). Some protesters are willing to remove their tents for the event, but don’t want to leave the encampment.
Some occupiers broke camp last night and moved to Children’s Park over brewing tensions, but are moving to Balboa Park, near Elm and 6th tentatively, where they hope to create a sustainable environment.
Frank’s phone is dead, the OccupySD live feed is down and so is the OccupySD.org website. More as I hear it.
UPDATE: This from OccupySD facebook via Christopher Reed:
Official word from the police chief: the personal property has to go by 12 midnight, but the people can stay. (personal property: tents, chairs, tables, boths, etc)
furthermore, because of aggressive provocateurs at the civic center toward the police, as well as the police neutering our occupation by preventing people from coming to & fro, half of the camp (mostly the organizers & booths: media, food, medical, etc) has established a new location in balboa park. be where you want to be
7:15 pm – via facebook:
Regrouping at Balboa Park NOW.
South of the 163 between Presidents Way and the 163 N. onramp. This is the SE side of park Groups are here, more enroute.