Occupy Tampa spends second night in downtown park

10/11/11 Seán Kinane
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Even though Police in other cities, like Boston, are arresting people camping in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement, activists in Tampa seem to be safe for now. Occupy Tampa camped out on the edge of downtown’s Curtis Hixon Park for the second consecutive night. This morning, Bettejo Indelicato was one of the twenty or so protesters lining Ashley Drive.

“Well we had 28 people actually sleep over and during the night there were varied amounts of people coming and going.”

Were you bothered by the police at all?

"No, you see this tape? We have to keep that space clear and as long as we keep that space clear the Tampa Police Department has said that we can stay between these barricades and that row of tape."

So is this planned, for now at least, to be every single night?


Why are you doing it?

“I’m doing it because I believe that this is the way to end the wars and occupations in Palestine. When people start taking control of America’s money and America’s future they’re not going to want to spend their money killing innocent civilians and occupying nations.”

She and more than twenty others spent the night on the sidewalk. This morning, she and others held signs and waved at passing traffic.

Some other local occupations are planned for this weekend. Occupy Lakeland is planning a demonstration Saturday at 11 a.m until 4 p.m. on South Florida Avenue at Munn Park.

Occupy St. Petersburg plans a waterfront gathering and general assembly this Saturday from 3:30 until 7 p.m. at 2nd Avenue North and Beach Drive.

Saturday is United for Global Change – a series of protests and occupations across the world.

Occupy Tampa is planning what they're calling a "pool party" on Sunday frolicking in the fountains at Curtis Hixon Park.

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