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Police arrest 26 demonstrators after May Day building occupation

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The temporary building take-over was quickly christened "SF Commune" by protesters yesterday. - MIKE KOOZMIN/THE S.F. EXAMINER
  • Mike Koozmin/The S.F. Examiner
  • The temporary building take-over was quickly christened "SF Commune" by protesters yesterday.

Twenty-six people were arrested early Wednesday morning after police cleared protesters, many affiliated  with Occupy San Francisco, from a building they had taken over at Turk and Gough streets.

Protesters took over the building at 888 Turk St. owned by the Archdiocese of San Francisco on Tuesday after marching to the property from a May Day rally at Market and Montgomery streets. It is the same building protesters occupied April 1.

Two protesters were arrested Tuesday, including Jesse Nesbitt, 34, of San Francisco, who allegedly threw bricks and other objects from the roof of the building about 5:45 p.m., police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said. No officers were hit. Nesbitt was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault, aggravated assault of a police officer and felony vandalism, police said.

Another protester, Adam Delia, 24, was cited for being a pedestrian in the roadway and disobeying a traffic officer. He was released, Andraychak said.

Early Wednesday morning, police moved in and arrested 23 males and three females on suspicion of trespassing. Two dogs were picked up by San Francisco Animal Care and Control, police spokesman Sgt. Daryl Fong said.

— Bay City News