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Occupy gays to protest at San Francisco Pride Parade this weekend

SAN FRANCISCO -- As Oakland Mayor Jean Quan marches in San Francisco's Pride Parade this weekend, she likely will encounter Occupy protesters, who have been an ever-present irritant to the East Bay leader since last October.

Quan's mishandling of the city's approach to an Occupy encampment that sprung up outside Oakland City Hall generated international headlines last fall and ill will from both supporters and detractors of the Occupy movement. Since then she and the Oakland Police Department have been ensnared in an ongoing judicial probe into the matter.

A federal judge overseeing the case this week threatened to fine both Quan and the city if the police department does not complete its own internal investigations into how officers dealt with Occupy protesters.

During the Pride Parade Sunday, June 24 Quan is expected to come face-to-face with Occupy members along the route up Market Street. A coalition of radical and progressive queer groups has come together to plan a number of demonstrations throughout San Francisco's Pride weekend.

Under the umbrella moniker of Bay Area OccuPride, the group is planning a series of direct actions targeted at corporate sponsors of the Pride Parade and a number of elected officials who have parade contingents.

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