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3 Occupy protesters arrested in Tampa park

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Three Occupy Tampa protesters were arrested after refusing to leave a city park.

The St. Petersburg Times
reports that the arrests happened early Wednesday. Tampa Police say officers warned demonstrators to leave the park several times because people are not supposed to sleep in city parks. When the demonstrators didn’t leave, police arrested them.

Three people were charged with trespassing. One person was also charged with obstructing or opposing an officer without violence, and another was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Police say he had a marijuana pipe.

Early Sunday and Monday, eight protesters were arrested after refusing to leave Kiley Gardens, a city park just south of Curtis Hixon, the group’s hub.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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