Protesters arrested at Occupy Albany demonstration
Sun, 20 Nov 2011 13:16:18 GMT —
State police have arrested Occupy Albany protesters for defying an 11 p.m. curfew in a state-owned park.
Authorities say the demonstrators were warned repeatedly Saturday night that they would face arrest if they didn't leave Lafayette Park.
Police couldn't immediately provide a total number of arrests. Protester Sheldon Dodson estimates that more than 50 people were arrested.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vowed to have anyone arrested who violates the park's curfew. The park land is adjacent to the city-owned Academy Park, where demonstrators protesting economic inequality and corporate greed have been allowed to camp since Oct. 21.
Before Sunday, more than 60 Occupy protesters had been arrested for defying the curfew, most on trespassing and disorderly conduct charges.