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Dec 7, 2011 7:50 AM by Kate Richards

Occupy San Fran tents torn down

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr says officers dismantled over 100 tents at an Occupy protest in a downtown plaza Wednesday morning.

In an early morning news conference broadcast by KCBS, Suhr said they were trying to separate personal belongings from the trash.

There was no immediate word on the number of arrests.

KCBS reports that dozens of police cars, fire engines and ambulances surrounded and blocked off the area. The radio station reports that the police action came as a surprise.

Protester Katt Hoban says there were several hundred protesters at the encampment of about 200 tents. Hoban reported the raid started around 2 a.m. local time when about 200 riot police surrounded the camp.

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