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Occupy Chicago protesters arrested second week in a row


CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 14: Demonstrators with Stand Up! Chicago march with supporters of Occupy Chicago in the financial district October 14, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The protest is one of many around the country held in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street protests currently taking place in New York City. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)


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About 130 Occupy protesters were arrested in Chicago’s Grant Park Sunday morning, after trying to camp out there, the Associated Press reports.

Just a week ago 175 protesters from Occupy Chicago were arrested for similar disobedience by Chicago police, the AP reports.

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Those arrested faced misdemeanor charges, such as trespassing on park district property and had not been released by late morning, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Between 1,500 and 2,500 protesters marched Saturday night through Chicago to where they planned to set up camp and spend the night, the Sun-Times reports.

The plan was to move the entire Occupy Chicago protest from the financial district to Grant Park. Chicago police warned protesters they would have to leave or be arrested for violating a city ordinance stating parks close to the public at 11 p.m., the Guardian reports.

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"There were no major problems. The majority of the protesters that were arrested complied," said Chicago police officer Robert Perez, the AP reports. Most of the protesters left and went across the street into a public area and the rest were arrested, Perez said, CNN reports.

The majority were booked for staying at the park after hours and released on their own recognizance, Perez said, CNN reports.

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