From WILL PARRISH
On the night and early morning of October 16th to 17th, the San Francisco Police Department raided the Occupy San Francisco encampment at Justin Herman Plaza, disassembling people’s tents and nabbing basic provisions such as food, water, and utensils. Five people were arrested. Footage of the police roughly dragging protesters across the pavement and beating them with batons spread quickly across the internet, sparking widespread outrage among movement supporters.
Those supporters include Anderson Valley residents Lisa and Francois de Melogue, who had been following the Occupy movement since its genesis as a small protest in Zucotti Park in the New York City financial district in August. “We just thought that was, in a nutshell, bullshit,” says Mr. de Melogue, 47, referring to the SF police raid. “We decided right there and then that we would start bringing food down to the Occupy San Francisco camp as a show of support.”
The San Francisco protesters reassembled their camp only hours after the police finished the raid. In a matter of days, the de Melogues had solicited enough donations from farmers, bakeries, and grocery outlets in Fort Bragg, Willits