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