While hundreds of jubilant Occupy SF protesters prepared for what they believed would be a confrontation with police officers following a letter from the city, a number of politicos attended the rally and voiced their support for the camp.
Among those who attended were supervisors John Avalos, Jane Kim, David Campos, Eric Mar and David Chiu, as well as State Senator Leland Yee and SF Public Defender Jeff Adachi.
During a meeting with a group of protesters around 1:30 a.m., the supervisors expressed their support for a compromise that would allow the occupiers to remain, while also addressing city officials’ health and sanitation concerns. Several supervisors remained at the camp until around 4 a.m.
The supervisors and Yee were against a police confrontation, particularly after downtown Oakland turned into a war zone Tuesday as hundreds of freshly evicted occupiers battled officers on the streets. There, tear gas, flash-bang grenades and projectiles were fired at protesters.
Throughout last night, hundreds of police officers were seen mobilizing in riot gear on Treasure Island, near AT&T Park, and at a staging facility in Potrero. This fueled concerns that officers would raid the Occupy SF encampment, prompting occupiers to prepare to defend their camp by creating human barricades around it.
Officers were seen leaving around 5 a.m., apparently having come to the decision not to raid the camp.