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Protesters at Occupy San Diego clashed with police and made an impromptu march through the Gaslamp Quarter on Friday night.

Dozens of protesters had been arrested in the early hours of Friday morning in what they described as a “raid” on the encampment they had set up outside the San Diego Civic Center.

Friday night, police delivered a clear message that the protesters could not have sleeping bags or tents in the Civic Center.

The clashes were set off early in the evening when police surrounded a woman and told her she could not sleep on the ground in a sleeping bag. She complied, but the scene had already become chaotic and protesters were shouting at police officers. That led to the first arrest of the evening.

Following a rally featuring speakers from local labor unions, many of the protesters marched through the Gaslamp Quarter, which was packed with Halloween revelers.

Here are images from the protests, the confrontations with police and the march:

Photo by Sam Hodgson
A woman dons a Guy Fawkes mask as she listens to speakers at Occupy San Diego.
Photo by Sam Hodgson
Julie Anna Kramer, 27, eats a plate of lentils and rice as she listens to speakers at Occupy San Diego. She says she’s been with the movement since the beginning.
Photo by Sam Hodgson
A man sleeps under a blanket in the Civic Center plaza.
Photo by Sam Hodgson
Early in the evening, two protesters lay down on the ground in the Civic Center plaza. When police asked the woman with the blue sleeping bag to remove it, the first clash of the night ensued.
Photo by Sam Hodgson
John Petersen, a 47-year-old member of Boilermakers Local 1998, holds an American flag while listening to speakers.
Photo by Sam Hodgson
A man is pushed away after he came nose-to-nose with police officers.
Photo by Sam Hodgson
A man is pushed away after he came nose-to-nose with police officers.
Photo by Sam Hodgson
A man who had confronted officers is hauled away in handcuffs.
Photo by Sam Hodgson
Police put the man in the back of a vehicle while keeping back demonstrators.
Photo by Sam Hodgson
A San Diego police officer instructs a protester to keep distance as they make an arrest.
Photo by Sam Hodgson
A police officer pushes a man who had come too close to the police line from behind.
Photo by Sam Hodgson
Alan Riner, 52 throws his arms in the air and Federico Gutierrez waves a flag as they listen to John Lennon’s “Imagine” over a public address system.
Photo by Sam Hodgson
Riders from the Critical Mass protests joined the Occupy San Diego group briefly at the Civic Center.
Photo by Sam Hodgson
Riders from the Critical Mass protests joined the Occupy San Diego group briefly at the Civic Center.
Photo by Sam Hodgson
A man yells at other protesters, telling them not to try to move a police barricade.
Photo by Sam Hodgson
San Diego police officers haul away a man accused of throwing something at officers.
Photo by Sam Hodgson
Officers push the crowd back with batons as the haul the protester away.
Photo by Sam Hodgson
Officers push the crowd back with batons as they haul the protester away.
Photo by Sam Hodgson
A protester wears a pig nose as he heckles police. While many demonstrators advocated for a peaceful protest, others taunted the police and said openly that they hoped to be arrested.
Photo by Sam Hodgson
A police officers shouts at protester Bob O’Grady, 28, after he walked behind the police line.
Photo by Sam Hodgson
Protesters make an impromptu march through the Gaslamp Quarter.
Photo by Sam Hodgson
Some Halloween revelers cheered on the march.
Photo by Sam Hodgson
The crowd marches past a parked limousine in downtown San Diego.
Photo by Sam Hodgson
A protester shouts to the revelers on the sidewalk.
Photo by Sam Hodgson
A protestor at the very front of the march holds his DISOBEY sign high, putting it parallel to the signs of Bridgepoint Education and Merrill Lynch.

 

I’m a photojournalist at voiceofsandiego.org. You can contact me directly at sam.hodgson@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.550.5664.

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Sam Hodgson

Sam Hodgson is a freelance photojournalist and contributor to Voice of San Diego. You can contact him at samhodgsonphoto@gmail.com...

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