Archive for November 28th, 2011

(VIDEO) Sunday’s Occupy Augusta Protest, Arrests

Posted on November 28, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

From Kennebec Journal:

About 100 Occupy Augusta members and supporters marched to the governor’s mansion to protest instructions from the Department of Public Safety to end the encampment in Capitol Park and obtain a permit to use the park during the day.

Most of the protesters stood on the sidewalks, holding signs and waving to passing vehicles on State and Capitol streets.

Several protesters, however, entered the Blaine House grounds through unlocked gates or by hopping the fence. They built a snowman, set up a small tent and chanted slogans from the yard. Some threw snowballs.

One woman climbed the portico on the State Street side of the mansion and hung a banner from the balcony that read “Human Needs Not Corporate Greed.”

Next to the official American flag, protesters raised another American flag with the stars rearranged to form “99 %” — the portion of Americans whose interests the Occupy movement claims to represent, as opposed to the wealthiest 1 percent.

Law enforcement officers began arriving gradually. More than a dozen officers eventually responded from the Capitol Police, State Police, Augusta Police, Hallowell Police, Kennebec County Sheriff’s office and Maine Warden Service.

Some protesters left the Blaine House grounds and returned to the sidewalks when asked, but others refused. Some stood with their hands behind their backs before officers even produced their zip-tie plastic cuffs.

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BREAKING: Nine Occupy Augusta Members Arrested At Blaine House

Posted on November 28, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Via Bangor Daily News:

Nine Occupy Augusta members were arrested when they refused to leave the grounds of the Blaine House during a rally Sunday afternoon.

Occupy Augusta protesters took down their tents and packed their camping gear earlier in the day after being told to get a permit or move their shelters out of the state-owned Capitol Park.

By the afternoon, more than a dozen of the protesters relocated across the street to the governor’s mansion, where they held signs near the entrances and banged on a large drum. State troopers maintained positions near the Blaine House doors before making arrests.

Kennebec County deputies transported the protesters to the county jail,according to the Kennebec Journal. They have been charged with criminal trespassing and failure to disperse.

Capitol Police had allowed the protesters to stay in the park near the State House since Oct. 15, but Capitol Police Chief Russ Gauvin told the demonstrators Friday they need to apply for a permit by Monday.

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