WMNF exclusive. Video: Tampa Police tell Occupy Tampa protesters to leave Gaslight Park

10/10/11 Josh Holton & Seán Kinane
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Some Occupy Tampa protesters minutes before they were told to leave Gaslight Square by Tampa Police.


photo by Seán Kinane

Update: at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday demonstrators began Tampa's first overnight occupation. They were told by police they would not be arrested if they camped out in the southeastern part of Curtis Hixon Park along Ashley Dr.

At about 8:10 p.m. Sunday night Corporal Robin Penix from Tampa Police Department told about 18 protesters that downtown's Gaslight Park was closed and they had to leave.

A couple of hours earlier at a general assembly the Occupy Tampa group reached consensus that they would occupy the park that night, but would not risk arrest if told to leave by the police. It was the fifth day they had met at the park, beginning on September 24.

The protesters left Gaslight Park. About a dozen went to nearby Curtis Hixon Park, which is open until 10 p.m. They waved signs at passing cars.

They said their intention is to move from park to park a step ahead of the police and to speak with people without homes to find out how they got into that situation and to learn about the logistics of living on the street.

Occupy Tampa will continue to meet every day at Gaslight Park, but there is not yet consensus to commit civil disobedience by staying in the park when told to leave by police.

We'll bring you a full report on the 88.5 FM WMNF News Monday at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 a.m, and at 4 p.m. on the WMNF Drive-Time News.

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i captured some video of todays march.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ydX3wCeOgk&feature=youtube_gdata_player it should be through processing at any moment.

Occupy Tampa video

Good job getting this video!

Are you kidding?

You had to document the fact that the park was closed and you were asked to leave??? Are you all a bunch of immature 14 year olds?? Way to go, you revolutionaries you. You showed the MAN what it was all about! And good job on forcing that police lady to give her name and smuggling out this documentary of police brutality! you rock!