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Occupy protests in full swing following arrests

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Just one day after San Diego police arrested dozens in a sweep of protestors' unauthorized camp site, an Occupy San Diego organizer Saturday announced her plans to sue the city.

As the protest against perceived political and financial wrongdoing entered its 23rd day, event organizer Kayla Ward, announced on the group's Facebook page her plans to sue the city for the San Diego Police Department's alleged use of excessive force during a sweep of the protestors' unauthorized camp site. Fifty-one people were arrested for suspicion of offenses including illegal lodging, unlawful assembly, resisting police and encroachment on public property.

About 70 people were at the Civic Center Plaza Saturday, and it was not clear if they planned to challenge city rules against bringing camping gear or personal property to the site. "Using the courts is not objectionable. It is far from rash or counterproductive. It is what we are given as a society to mend wrongs and this is most assuredly wrong," Occupy San Diego supporter Terrie Best commented on the web.

About 2:30 a.m. Friday, police and sheriff's deputies removed tents and other property from the Civic Center Plaza and San Diego Children's Park after receiving complaints about the unsanitary conditions, police said.

Protestors were ordered to a nearby site so cleaning crews could complete work, police said.

"The department supports the rights of those who choose to peacefullyprotest," Assistant Police Chief Boyd Long said Friday. "However, we must balance those rights to (ensure) that they do not impede upon the rights of others or allow for violations of the law."

Police also denied allegations that officers stepped on or walked over a tent with sleeping protestors inside.

Mayor Jerry Sanders approved the police department's actions while dismantling the camps.

"I thought our officers did an excellent job," he said.

The protest has been largely non-confrontational, with two men arrested Oct. 14 for allegedly delaying police officers. Police said one incident was reported since the sweep, an alleged fight between two protestors.

Occupy San Diego protestors have pledged to remain in the downtown area until their unofficial demands are met or at least sincerely considered, which include ending joblessness, poverty and political corruption.

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