advertisement

UPDATE: 10 OccupySTL protesters arrested in St. Louis

Thursday, October 6, 2011 | 7:41 p.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — Police arrested nearly a dozen demonstrators with the group OccupySTL early Thursday for curfew violations at a downtown St. Louis park after they ignored warnings to vacate the park by 10 p.m.

St. Louis police spokeswoman Katie O'Sullivan said 10 group members were arrested at 12:20 a.m. in Kiener Plaza. Colleen Kelly of OccupySTL said the number was 11 counting a homeless person who supports the movement.

O'Sullivan said there was no violence or resistance during the arrests.

The protest is part of a movement in support of Occupy Wall Street in New York. Protesters have varied causes but have spoken largely about unemployment and economic inequality.

All of those arrested in St. Louis were out of jail by late afternoon. Kelly hinted more arrests were possible in the days to come because the group feels it has the right to stay in the public park as long as it chooses.

"Our plan is to maintain a constant presence," she said.

OccupySTL has conducted several demonstrations outside financial institutions, including a gathering of several dozen protesters Wednesday outside a downtown bank office as baseball fans passed by on the way to the Phillies-Cardinals playoff game at Busch Stadium.

OccupySTL has a permit to gather at Kiener Plaza during the hours the park is open — 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. But in a posting on its website Tuesday, the group warned police had issued a notice that "occupiers must vacate Kiener Plaza at 10pm tonight. They have threatened to issue citations to anyone who refuses to comply."

By midnight, 65 to 100 members of the movement were gathered at Kiener Plaza when roughly two dozen police cars arrived. One of those arrested, Derek Wetherell, a 21-year-old student at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, said officers were polite and gave demonstrators the option of leaving or being arrested.

"I felt like being arrested was necessary to send a message that I'm not going to give up my ground and my right to stand up for my beliefs, wherever it may be," Wetherell said.

O'Sullivan said it was the first time OccupySTL protesters have been arrested. Six protesters were given citations, but not arrested, Tuesday for a curfew violation at Kiener Plaza.


Like what you see here? Become a member.


Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Comments

Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.

advertisements