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Police break up Occupy Richmond encampment | Activist News

Police break up Occupy Richmond encampment

Richmond Times Dispatch
Oct. 31, 2011

Richmond and Virginia State Police today broke up an encampment of Occupy Richmond protesters who had been camping at Kanawha Plaza downtown since Oct. 15.

Police officials would not immediately comment on the operation, which occurred about 1 a.m. when officers went to the public park and gave the protesters a chance to leave. Many did; those who did not were taken into custody.

Authorities said trespassing charges were likely.

Police did not use force and there were no injuries, putting the shutdown of the Richmond operation in contrast to those in some other cities where people have gathered to protest what they view as inequities on Wall Street.

It appeared as many as 15 people were taken into custody during this morning’s operation.

After the park was cleared, Richmond Department of Public Works crews came in with bulldozers and began clearing the debris left behind and stringing yellow police tape around a perimeter marked by traffic barrels.

Full Article Here – http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/2011/oct/31/police-break-occupy-richmond-encampment-ar-1423424/

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