After their permits ran out, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson ordered the arrests of Occupy Cleveland protesters who remained at Public Square, according to multiple reports.
11 in all were arrested; all were released on personal bond this weekend after pleading not guilty to charges — trespassing, resisting arrest, and violating curfew at Public Square. Via the PD:
"Some people got treated a little more roughly than others, but at the end of the day, it wasn't New York," said arrested protester Erin McCardle, 23, of Cleveland. "There was no pepper spray, no batons."
Terry Gilbert, a big-shot civil rights attorney who has already declared support for the group, is among the lawyers who will represent them.
"I think it's shameful the mayor's office hasn't been more flexible in dealing with this thing," Gilbert told the PD. "No one needed to be arrested."
After the release, Occupy Cleveland continued on, marching with the Midwest Power Shift attendees. Midwest Power Shift is a "three-day event was to bring together students from colleges and universities throughout the Midwest to focus on clean energy solutions."
"We had a rally throughout most of the day, but there were only 30 of us left and we were starting to get depressed. People were preparing mentally and emotionally to be arrested, but then we heard chanting coming down the street," the 24-year-old Cleveland resident said. "Power Shift showed us there are people out there who care about Occupy Cleveland and the Occupy movement."
Turning that frown upside down.
As for where Occupy Cleveland is now, the protesters are still holding regular appearances at Public Square during the late afternoon. 19 Action News, meanwhile, wants to know exactly where they are besides that. Via the Occupy Cleveland website:
Some have said that they can’t find the group. We are now holding most meetings and assemblies in the Northwest Quadrant of Public Square by the statue of Tom Johnson. The square and statue represent freedom. During the week, the GA (General Assembly) schedule is being followed with GAs/educational forums/teach-ins at noon, marches starting from 3 PM and the 6 PM GA as usual in this quadrant of Public Square.
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