Despite police warning, Occupy Tampa protesters vote to risk arrest and stay on sidewalk

10/12/11 Seán Kinane
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In an update to this story: as of 8 a.m. Wednesday there were still 30 Occupy Tampa protesters on the sidewalk along Ashley Dr. east of Curtis Hixon Park. They said the police did not show up again during the third night of the occupation.

On the third night of their overnight occupation of part of a sidewalk near Curtis Hixon Park, Occupy Tampa activists were told by Police they had to leave.

Two nights earlier they had been told it was OK to be on the sidewalk as long as they were not inside the park after 10 p.m. and left room on the sidewalk for pedestrian traffic -- Sunday night a police officer who would only identify himself as Officer Rice approved of the group’s new camp. On tape he said, “They can stay on public property.”

But Tuesday night the ten or so Tampa Police had a different message.

The response from the protesters was also different than two nights earlier. On Tuesday, about 50 protesters decided they would stay on the sidewalk and risk arrest the following night. This night they removed many belongings and kept moving on the sidewalk. As of almost 11 p.m. they were still there:

Here are some more photos.

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