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33 Protesters Arrested In Clash With San Francisco Deputies

(AP) — Authorities say 33 people were arrested at San Francisco's City Hall during a protest calling for the firing of the city's police chief.

Dozens of protesters converged on City Hall Friday night and clashed with sheriff's deputies clad in riot gear.

San Francisco Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Eileen Hirst says protesters were arrested after defying an order to disperse.

Hirst tells the San Francisco Chronicle the protesters, including one minor, were detained on suspicion of trespassing and failure to disperse and were in the process of being cited and released Saturday.

The standoff came after five people who are on their 16th day of a hunger strike to demand the firing of Police Chief Greg Suhr were taken to the hospital and their protest camp outside the Mission District police station was packed up.

The strikers were being treated at UCSF Medical Center, though the hospital would not release further information about their condition.

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