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45 Arrests at Occupy Phoenix, 53 in Tucson

John on October 16, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Here’s video from earlier in the day in Phoenix:

That night police did surround the park where protesters intended to camp out and arrested 45 people:

Phoenix police said protesters marched from a downtown rally at Cesar Chavez Plaza to Margaret T. Hance Park on Saturday evening and the park had a posted 10:30 p.m. closing time.

“As the park closing hour passed, many of the demonstrators refused to leave,” said police spokesman Sgt. Trent Crump, adding that officers told the protesters “to leave or be subject to arrest.”

Crump said “a large group remained and refused to leave the park,” resulting in 46 arrests for criminal trespass, a misdemeanor.

The protests have been mostly peaceful so far, but I wonder how long that will last. As occupiers continue to be confronted by police and be arrested, tempers are clearly rising. I wonder how much longer before we see signs of vandalism and violence like we’re already seeing in Europe.

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