UPDATE 1-About 130 arrested at Occupy Chicago protest

Sun Oct 23, 2011 6:03pm EDT

Oct 23 (Reuters) - About 130 protesters were arrested at an Occupy Chicago demonstration early on Sunday after they erected tents and refused to leave a park next to Lake Michigan after its closing time, police said.

The breakup of the protest in Grant Park was the second mass arrest of demonstrators from Occupy Chicago in the past week. A week ago, about 175 protesters were arrested.

In Philadelphia on Sunday, 15 people were arrested when a group of protesters blocking traffic refused to move, authorities said. They face misdemeanor charges of obstructing a highway.

The Philadelphia arrests were the first there since Occupy Philadelphia began in sympathy with the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York.

In Chicago, the protesters were charged with violating a city ordinance, the equivalent of the lowest misdemeanor, and most were released after agreeing to appear in court, police said.

Grant Park, the site of large protests against the Vietnam War during the Democratic Party's convention in Chicago in 1968, is supposed to be closed after 11 p.m., police said.

The protests, which launched more than a month ago in New York and focus on anger over government bailouts of big banks and persistent high unemployment, have sprung up across the United States and in other countries.

The demonstrations focus on what protesters see as unequal treatment of the 99 percent of Americans versus the top 1 percent of earners, but critics have said the groups lack clear objectives.

Hundreds of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators have been arrested in New York since the protests began. There have also been numerous arrests in Tampa, Florida, Cincinnati, Des Moines, Minneapolis, Denver and other cities.

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Comments (6)
Pllc15 wrote:
I may be cynical, but I will begin to take notice of the Occupiers once winter sets in Chicago and elsewhere and they’re still out there protesting. Winters are brutal in Chicago.

Oct 23, 2011 6:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Somewhere between the opinion that OWS is the opposite equal of the Tea Party and the opinion that OWS is a bunch of lazy delinquents lies the truth. I’m not saying it’s in the middle, just that it’s somewhere between the two poles.

We think that there are some kernels of truth in the OWS protesters that shouldn’t be ignored. Compare Wall Street and Sand Hill Road and you’ll see a major difference. One group invests their own money with no chance of bail out if things go wrong. One group has lots of veterans ensconced in government. The contrast is enlightening. http://bit.ly/pNTx3T

Oct 23, 2011 7:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
NotStupid1 wrote:
Are the arrests a question of legitimate ‘crime fighting’, or rather an effort to suppress Constitutionally granted rights to non-violent dissent? Of course, there are those that believe a ‘crime’ has been created to ensure any challenges to the status quo can be suppressed, the ‘crime of non-violent dissent’.

I think there’s a piece worth reading about this from OpEd News… http://www.opednews.com/articles/Occupy-Wall-Street-and-the-by-Ritt-Goldstein-111014-242.html

I won’t ask why we applaud demonstrations against injustice elsewhere when we so strongly react against them in the US. But, it might be worth considering…

Oct 23, 2011 8:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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