OccupyMN looks to move camp across street

  • Article by: NICOLE NORFLEET , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 16, 2011 - 10:38 PM

Protesters hope a new site would avert confiscation of tents.

A day after police confiscated almost 30 tents from protesters in downtown Minneapolis, the demonstrators said they planned to erect more sometime in the next two days on the periphery of U.S. Bank Plaza. That's across the street from the Hennepin County Government Center, where demonstrators have been staked out for more than a week.

Since that would put the group in the jurisdiction of Minneapolis police instead of Hennepin County sheriff's deputies, who confiscated 28 tents earlier Sunday, protest organizer Nick Espinosa said he hoped for a different outcome. "We're hoping that they'll be more reasonable," he said of city police.

About 150 people were gathered Sunday, Day 10 of the protest against corporate and individual wealth and greed.

About 1 a.m. Sunday, authorities took down tents erected on the south side of the government center plaza, climbing over protesters to do so, according to protesters and authorities. No one was arrested during that action.

The protesters had set up the tents, some of them plastic over wooden frames, on Saturday evening.

According to a news release from OccupyMN, during the police action, about 70 protesters linked arms and sat in a circle around several of the tents, but sheriff's personnel broke through the line. Protesters said that some personal belongings were also taken.

One woman was arrested Saturday in an incident unrelated to the tent erection. Several days ago, Hennepin County security caught her defacing property, and she was instructed to not return to the property for at least a year, according to Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Lisa Kiava. When she returned Saturday, she was arrested for trespassing.

Nicole Norfleet • 612-673-4495

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