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HOUSTON (CBS Houston/AP) — Eight people from the Occupy Houston encampment at a downtown park have been detained after an altercation with police.
Police spokesman Victor Senties says six people Tuesday evening refused to remove a tent that violated a city ordinance, were advised by their lawyer to comply with the police request but said they wanted to be arrested. Senties says two more protesters confronted officers, ignored orders to step back and were charged with failure to comply with a lawful order.
All eight now must appear before a municipal court judge.
Protesters say a tarp, not a tent, was put up to protect equipment and supplies from inclement weather.
“On a day when we have tornadoes ripping through the city, we are unable to put a tarp over our bedding, over our Band-Aids, over our granola bars, to protect ourselves and to make our occupation sustainable and effective. This is a serious problem that we need to see action happen on now – immediately,” one protester told KHOU-TV.
Senties says three others were ticketed for jaywalking after they ran across a street.
Several dozen protesters have been at the park for several weeks. Eight protesters were arrested last month during a sit-in at a federal office building.
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