Occupy Tucson protesters ordered out of downtown park
Web Producer: Brian Pryor
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tucson Police officers have forced the "occupy Tucson" protesters to pack up and move out of Veinte de Agosto Park or face arrest. Cops gave activists time before the park closure at 10:30 p.m. last night to pack belongings. Anyone in the park after 10:30 p.m., unless actively moving belongings out of the park faced arrest.
The order came down when officers started arriving at the park around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening. Police stood by while activists moved materials out of the park grounds.
Protesters have setup a tent city in Veinte de Agosto park since police ordered them to vacate Armory Park in early November.
Activists with the protest say they had planned to remain in the park until change occurred for a multitude of issues ranging from banking practices to immigration issues. The movement put out a statement via e-mail calling the eviction Wednesday night "unfair treatment".
The City of Tucson recently rejected a proposal from the group which would have dismissed all citations, provided the movement a public building to conduct business in, and assurance that homeless with the movement would receive services they need. In exchange Occupy Tucson would have de-camp in the park and suspend the federal lawsuit.
Occupy camps from across the nation have been disbanded by authorities in the past weeks.