The Live stream from last night was really bad. This from CNN is much better.
A dozen Occupy Nashville protesters, undeterred by their arrests and five hours in detention, have marched back onto the Legislative Plaza this morning claiming victory in their cause.
“Whose plaza? Our plaza!” they yelled as they arrived in the rain.
Enforcing a new 10 p.m.-to-6 a.m. curfew on the Capitol grounds, state troopers arrested 29 demonstrators at 3 a.m. and hauled them away in buses to jail, ending the three-week occupation of the Plaza.
The magistrate of the court refused to hear the charges, saying the state didn't give the protesters enough notice of the curfew, which was announced only yesterday afternoon. The judge advised the Highway Patrol to free the protesters. But instead troopers detained them at the jail and began issuing citations for criminal trespass. They finally went free at around 8 a.m.
615-741-2001 - Governor Bill Haslam
615-862-6000 - Mayor Karl Dean
#OccupyNashville Press Release – Oct. 28th, 2011 @ 4AM CST
TN Gov. Bill Haslam signed off on plan to arrest Occupy Nashville protesters: Occupy Nashville released a statement this morning saying that the new state policy--under which 29 protesters were arrested soon after 3 a.m. Friday--is in direct violation of U.S. and state constitutional rights, and that as "free people of Tennessee" they intended to protect their constitutional right to assemble.
"We intend to resist this illegal action by the state in a peaceful and dignified manner," the group said in its press release.
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