Occupy SD Disrupts City Council Meeting

Council members adjourned meeting early because of protesters

By Sarah Grieco
|  Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011  |  Updated 3:39 PM PDT
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Protesters refused to take down their tents on Oct. 15.

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Without Tents, Occupy SD Seeks Direction

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Occupy San Diego protesters forced the City Council meeting to adjourn early on Tuesday morning to ask for a resolution supporting their movement.

More than 20 Occupy SD activists gathered during the meeting, according to Jill Esterbrooks, communication director for Council President Tony Young.

During the public comment period of the meeting, a woman spoke longer than the allotted time. When the next speaker began talking, protesters started chanting “We are the 99 percent,” and “support us now.”

Council members then left the meeting.

“We want to make sure we can allow people to speak and protest, but the city also needs to conduct business,” Esterbrooks said. “We need people to be respectful of the system in the process,”
The afternoon meeting reconvened at 2 p.m.

About 100 Occupy SD activists remain at the Civic Center, without tents, nearly two weeks after the initial protest began.

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