Twenty-four Occupy Asheville protesters were arrested in a demonstration on Nov. 24. Earlier that day, Occupy Asheville protestors had expressed solidarity with an Oakland, Calif., march.
From Xpress freelance photographer Bill Rhodes (@ashevillein):
24 arrested after refusing to go to sidewalk, staying in park… no violence, no resistance.
At 1048p.m., Lt Wilkins said no arrests if the #OA people would move to the sidewalk. They refused. They would, he said, face arrest.
At 1108pm, Lt Wilkins came back, asked if there was “Anything he could do to move them to the sidewalk.” #OA again refused; arrests
At 1109, Matthew Byrd was the first #oa arrestee.
At 1128, the last of the 24 #oa protesters was arrested.
From Xpress Senior News Reporter David Forbes (@davidforbes):
#occupyasheville protesters asked for camping spot, curfew waiver in Pack Square Pk on Oct. 25, Council refused.
According to reporter on scene, about 60 #occupyasheville protesters are staying in Pack Sq Park after curfew. For context, #occupyasheville protesters are choosing to stay past 10pm public park curfew.
From the Asheville Citizen-Times:
…The Occupants knew ahead of time they were breaking curfew and expected officers to intervene, so they discussed how police would proceed and how they should conduct themselves. About 25 officers responded to the area … Protestors argued they have constitutional rights to gather publicly and the time of day is irrelevant.
“An unjust law is no law at all,” Naomi Archer said. …