Protesters block two banks in S.F. financial district

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SAN FRANCISCO (BCN)

Occupy protesters are now blocking two banks in San Francisco’s Financial District this morning as part of a daylong protest in the city.

Protesters chained themselves to the entrance of Wells Fargo Bank’s corporate headquarters at 420 Montgomery St. near California Street earlier this morning, then began blocking a nearby Bank of America branch at 345 Montgomery St. shortly before 9 a.m.

Dozens of people in front of the Wells Fargo building were singing and dancing along to a Lady Gaga song shortly before 9 a.m., while the protesters blocking the Bank of America were locked arm-in-arm to prevent people from getting inside.

No arrests have been reported so far at the protest, which is part of a day of action planned by Occupy San Francisco and other groups that are calling on banks to end what they say are predatory eviction and foreclosure practices.

Other actions planned in San Francisco today include an “Occupy the Courts” action scheduled for noon at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at 95 Seventh St. and a 5 p.m. march from Justin Herman Plaza, according to organizers.

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