Photos: The Occupy San Diego Showdown - Voice of San Diego

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Photos: The Occupy San Diego Showdown

Police order Occupy San Diego protesters to remove their tents
from the Civic Center, but a defiant group stays put and marches
the streets.

 

San Diego Police gave Occupy San Diego protesters an ultimatum last night: remove your tents and personal belongings from the Civic Center concourse, or they’ll be confiscated, and you might be arrested.

While many demonstrators moved to different locations throughout the city, a cluster remained defiant and stayed in the concourse throughout the night.

As midnight came and passed, it became clear that police didn’t plan to act last night. This morning, they descended upon the Civic Center, arresting at least one man, and were working to get the final tents out of the concourse.

I shot photos of what the camp looked like before Thursday, last night’s march and the waiting game protesters played throughout the evening.

Photo by Sam Hodgson
A view of the Civic Center occupation on Wednesday, before police ordered tents cleared out.

 

 

Photo by Sam Hodgson
A man and woman walk through the Civic Center concourse on Wednesday.

 

 

Photo by Sam Hodgson
Protesters took to the streets without warning on Thursday night, stopping traffic and sending police scrambling to ensure safety.

 

 

Photo by Sam Hodgson

 

 

Photo by Sam Hodgson

 

 

Photo by Sam Hodgson
Demonstrators reach the Gaslamp Quarter.

 

 

Photo by Sam Hodgson
As protesters marched the streets, they tried to rally support, chanting “Out of the bar and into the streets.”

 

 

Photo by Sam Hodgson

 

 

Photo by Sam Hodgson

 

 

Photo by Sam Hodgson

 

 

Photo by Sam Hodgson
Some onlookers did jump into the fray, chanting along with protesters

 

 

Photo by Sam Hodgson
Others shouted from windows along the route of the march.

 

 

Photo by Sam Hodgson
A man who declined to give his real name marches past the Bank of America building.

 

 

Photo by Sam Hodgson
Zach Farmer, 25, rallys the crowd back at the Civic Center

 

 

Photo by Sam Hodgson
Chad Deal, 26, films Avery Wear, 42, as he gives a speech to the protesters.

 

 

Photo by Sam Hodgson
Demonstrators like Claudia Acevedo held on until the wee hours of the morning

 

 

Photo by Sam Hodgson
Police monitor the protesters from afar.

 

 

Photo by Sam Hodgson
A man who declined to give his name watches the protest from the fringe of the Civic Center concourse.

 

 

Photo by Sam Hodgson
Protesters listened to people speak through a bullhorn.

 

 

Photo by Sam Hodgson
Tensions flared at the concourse on occasion, as protesters disagreed about how to approach the police’s demands.

 

 

Photo by Sam Hodgson
Many protesters eventually called it a night and tucked into their sleeping bags.

 

 

Photo by Sam Hodgson

 

 

Photo by Sam Hodgson

Clarification: The original homepage tag of this post said that police ordered protesters out of the Civic Center. They in fact only demanded that the protesters remove their tents. We regret the error.

I’m a photojournalist at voiceofsandiego.org. You can contact me directly at sam.hodgson@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.550.5664.

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