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Occupy Nashville Protestors Arrested And Released

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Several members of the Occupy Nashville Movement were arrested just after midnight Saturday in Legislative Plaza.

Witness said that Tennessee state troopers gave demonstrators a warning that they would be coming to arrest people who stayed at the Plaza and shortly after midnight the arrests began.

According to the Nashville Scene, among those arrested was Scene reporter Jonathon Meador who was covering the protests.

Protestors had planned to spend another night in the Plaza, despite a new state policy restricting them. Members decided in consensus that they would split up into two groups, one that is willing to risk arrest; the other will witness those arrests.

These new arrests come just one day after 29 people were arrested by Tennessee state troopers ordered to clear out the Wall Street protestors from the State Capitol grounds Friday morning. 

After being transported to the jail by state troopers, all those arrested were released when a Night Court magistrate dismissed the warrants.

Protesters who were arrested said they would head back to Legislative Plaza.

Governor Haslam's office signed off on the first round up of protestors. He defended the move, saying the situation on Legislative Plaza had deteriorated. Other Republicans have fallen in line, saying public safety was also at stake.

But, State Representative Mike Stewart from Nashville says Democrats disagree. He says, "Now, all of a sudden, the Haslam Administration is charging citizens for the right to use their own Plaza, limiting citizens' access to that public space to hours when most citizens with day jobs cannot exercise their free speech rights, and imposing a million dollar insurance requirement that many citizens doubtless cannot satisfy."

 

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