While Occupy camps around the Bay Area were relatively quiet overnight, police in riot gear cleared out tents at Sproul Plaza in a surprise, quick raid early this morning.
Two people were arrested in the raid that started about 3:30 a.m., but otherwise the police action on the UC Berkeley campus was orderly.
During the raid, protesters shouted, "We are coming back! We are winning!"
As he was arrested, Alex Kim, a 24-year-old English major, flashed a Nixon-style peace sign as his cat perched on his shoulder. A friend offered to take care of the cat.
Also arrested was Mike Porter, 24, from the Occupy Oakland camp.
Kim and Porter face charges of unlawful lodging and failure to disperse, said
Within a few hours after the raid, work crews had cleared out most of the debris left behind, setting aside books from the makeshift library and allowing former campers to take away large items, such as a piano.
Protesters are reportedly planning to gather again at the site about 4 or 5 this afternoon, ahead of a general assembly meeting at 6 p.m..
In San Francisco, the camp at Justin Herman Plaza was quiet throughout the night, as a small group of police officers huddled nearby, but never made a move toward a raid.
In San Jose, one man was arrested
Occupy San Jose campers there were given a warning about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday that police planned to come in overnight to clear away their tents.
Protesters decided to remove the tents themselves, said Shaunn Cartwright, 41, an unofficial spokeswoman for the group. But they don't plan to pull back from their protests.
"We're occupiers, not campers," Cartwright said.
Police would not release the name of the man, whom Cartwright says is wheelchair-bound. According to Cartwright, he had discarded his wheelchair and was lying in the street expecting to be arrested.
The relative quiet in San Francisco came a after displaced Occupy protesters from Oakland and Berkeley funneled into the city, clashing with police as they stormed a downtown bank and upsetting a fragile deal brokered by Mayor Ed Lee to allow the encampment along The Embarcadero to remain in place.
As the protesters marched into the heart of San Francisco's financial district Wednesday afternoon, managers of several banks quickly locked their doors and posted security guards out front. But protesters were able to rush into the Bank of America
Police in riot gear demanded the roughly 100 protesters leave the lobby of Bank of America on California Street or be arrested. But protesters continued to chant "Whose bank? Our bank!" as they danced on desktops and scribbled "Occupy Bank of America" on office calendars.
One protester pitched a tent -- a symbol of the Occupy movement and a scourge of city officials -- inside the bank lobby. Police pushed back protesters with their batons -- witnesses reported seeing at least two people struck. By the end of the night, 95 protesters had been arrested, and no one was injured.
The confrontation at the bank came just a few hours after Lee met with a handful of Occupy S.F. protesters in an attempt to resolve the health and safety concerns at the growing encampment at Justin Herman Plaza, which faces The Embarcadero across the street from the Ferry Building, a popular tourist destination.
Lee demanded the demonstrators ban alcohol and drugs, increase the space between tents and clean portable toilets more often, among other reforms. But after a divided general assembly of the protesters Wednesday night, it remained unclear whether the campers would actually enact any of the changes before a city inspection set for early this evening.
Bay Area News Group staff writers Julia Prodis Sulek, Cecily Burt, Thomas Peele and Sean Webby contributed to this report.