Occupy Protesters Block Banks In San Francisco

Published January 20, 2012 7:54PM (EST)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — At least 11 people have been arrested at an anti-Wall Street protest in downtown San Francisco for blocking an entrance to the Wells Fargo building.

A couple hundred protesters have gathered in the Financial District as part of daylong Occupy Wall Street-related demonstrations scheduled around the county demanding that banks end evictions and foreclosures. Traffic was rerouted through the area, as protesters spilled into the streets.

San Francisco Police Cmdr. Richard Corriea says the first arrests came when a group refused to move from their human chain blocking an entrance to Wells Fargo's corporate headquarters.

Corriea says all the arrests have been for alleged trespassing.

Protesters are continuing to try blocking bank entrances, but police in riot gear and private security guards are chasing them away.

By Salon Staff

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