38 People Arrested In ‘Occupy Austin’ Demonstration

AUSTIN (AP) – A pair of pre-dawn confrontations between Austin police and Occupy Austin protesters led to 38 arrests Sunday.

Most were charged with criminal trespass, Police Chief Art Acevedo said. No injuries were reported.

The first confrontation came about 12:30 a.m. Sunday when officers moved to enforce a new rule banning food tables in the City Hall plaza between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Some protesters surrounded the tables with arms linked.

Protesters had been advised of the food table ban on Friday, Assistant City Manager Michael McDonald said.

“We want to facilitate their activities,” he said of the Occupy Austin protesters, “but we can’t allow this to be a permanent campsite.”

Some protesters found the ban arbitrary. “On a night where there are hundreds of drunks driving around town, they have all these resources here to take down three food tables,” protester Dave Cortez told the newspaper.

“We were ready to work and negotiate and accommodate the city,” he said. “Instead, they decided to bring a bunch of police to remove some food tables, so all that went out the window.”

Another incident came about 2 a.m., when more than 50 police officers moved to clear an amphitheater on the plaza for a regular power-washing.

Most of the protesters remained peaceful and stayed out of the way of the cleaning, but some wouldn’t move and were arrested when confronting officers.

“We’re proud of how Austin has handled this occupation,” McDonald said. “Has it been perfect? No, it hasn’t. It’s very difficult because it’s very emotional.”

   (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


One Comment

  1. sap6875 says:

    I geus some people just don’t know the difference between a protest and just plain being in the way. At least violence didn’t erupt.

  2. Average American says:

    These occupy movements are doing nothing buy wasting my tax dollars. Money that could possibly go to opening another job position or something. There is no clear cut reason for them, just a bunch of people jumping on a fictitious bandwagon.

  3. Sandra Starnes says:

    Congratulations to the citizens and officials in Austin for doing what is in the best interest of the majority of their citizens. These occupiers are not protesters. They are there only to challange authority so chaos erupts and they obtain the media coverage that feeds their cause. A cause that appears to be convoluted with many solicalist ideas. These ideas are given ligitimacy by President Obama who calls them “his army” and encouraged the youth of our nation to “take to the streets” and all along smiling as he said it. What a disgraceful leader and he should be hanging his head in shame. God Bless Texas!!!!

  4. Archie Bunker says:

    Go look for work, you filthy bums!

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