Curtis Hixon Park is Occupied; If arrests, group will pay for bail, Linda Moreno will represent them10/22/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
Sunday update: there were no arrests overnight Saturday night - Sunday morning.
Saturday night some members of Occupy Tampa took part of Curtis Hixon Park for a permanent occupation. It happened a few minutes after 10 p.m., when the park closed. In a General Assembly meeting that began after 7 p.m., the finance working group proposed that if anyone is arrested tonight, 75% of Occupy Tampa's funds would be used to bail them out (that comes to a little over $2000). Occupy Tampa accepted that proposal through consensus. Also during the meeting defense attorney Linda Moreno agreed to represent anyone arrested. Moreno is best known in the Tampa Bay area for defending Dr. Sami Al-Arian.
As of 10:20 p.m. there were about 15 people singing and talking inside a small grassy area of Curtis Hixon Park between palm trees. They risk arrest if they refuse police orders to leave the park at night. A much larger group remained nearby on the sidewalk outside the park, where police have told them they can stay as long as they maintain a wide area of sidewalk clear for pedestrians and are up by 6 a.m.
There is a small group within the larger Occupy Tampa group that considers the people who took the park (members of Occupy Tampa's direct action workgroup) to be a splinter group.
At around 11 p.m. a reporter on the scene told WMNF that there were two police there assisting a pregnant woman who had been hit in the chest by a projectile from a moving car (a partly full beer can thrown from a Ford).
Here are more photos.
Here's video of the group inside Curtis Hixon Park after 10 p.m. They plan a permanent occupation:
Some Occupy Tampa protesters march through downtown before a group occupies part of Curtis Hixon Park:
During Saturday night's general assembly, the financial workgroup proposed using 75% of the group's funds to bail out people if they were arrested that night for taking a park. Here's video of the GA reaching consensus supporting the idea: