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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Can't Scratch It, Can't Leave It Alone - Day 57 #OWS, #OccupySTL

St. Louis Metro Police "get some"

[Update II: Live Blog for #Occupy Movement: Day 56, Occupy Oakland & Occupy Portland Face Eviction].

[Update: Gosztola: Occupy St. Louis Evicted & Raided by Police].

St. Louis Public Radio:
Update 1:27 a.m. Nov. 12:

Following the events of Friday night through early Saturday morning, Lt. Dan Zarrick of the St. Louis Police Department gave a briefing to the press. Here are a few of the points from that briefing:
  • 27 arrests were made and no resistance was offered at any point.
  • All arrested are being charged with violating city's park curfew.
  • Those arrested are being booked and will be taken to the City Justice Center.
  • There was one medical emergency during the course of the evening when a bystander, not a protester, had a seizure. An ambulance took the individual away.
...After more than forty days of protests, the occupation of Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis came to an end early Saturday morning -- at least for now.

Just before mid-night, Occupy St. Louis protestors learned a federal judge denied their request to intervene.

"Ladies and gentlemen at this time we need you to get back to the sidewalk," Lt. Dan Zarrick with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police announced to protestors over a bullhorn just before 1 a.m. Saturday.
Dozens of police officers made good on the city's promise to enforce the 10 p.m. curfew in Kiener - an ordinance it had overlooked for weeks.
...They are desperately trying to figure out what to do about it. If they let it alone it will be peaceful, it will get no news coverage, but then continue for a long long time, and if they try to break it up... it gets on the news and then it gets publicity.

Catch-22 working against PTB for a change.

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