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#OccupyPhoenix protesters arrested.

At around midnight, a large contingent of Phoenix police in full riot gear to clear the protesters from the park. Even though #OccupyPhoenix made it clear that they were conducting a non-violent protest and would not resist arrest, police were equipped with shields, batons, pepper spray and cameras to record onlookers.

A  small group of protesters chose to be arrested as an act of civil disobedience. As the police approached, all media was ordered to vacate the park or face arrest. Despite this, observers remained to witness and document the police action until they were forced to the sidewalk.

The protesters did not resist arrest and there was no violence from anyone associated with #OccupyPhoenix making the police tactics unwarranted and excessive.

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#OccupyPhoenix faces eviction from park.

Throughout the night, a team from #OccupyPhoenix attempted to negotiate with local police and city officials to ensure that the occupation would be safe, healthy, and peaceful. As information came back the the assembled group, a democratic forum went into full swing to discuss options.

Despite the best efforts by #OccupyPhoenix, city representatives were not willing to negotiate and made it clear that all protesters would need to leave or face arrest.

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#OccupyPhoenix sets up camp.

#OccupyPhoenix gathers at Margaret T. Hance park. A General Assembly was immediately formed and discussion would go on throughout the night. Many thanks went out to the volunteers who came out to support the community.

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#OccupyPhoenix takes to the streets.

After the initial gathering outside of City Hall, the protesters moved on to begin their occupation of Margaret T. Hance park. Stretching on for blocks, the group moved peacefully carrying signs and chanting with the occasional cheer when the lone bagpiper started playing.

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#OccupyPhoenix protests begin.

On Oct. 15th, the #OccupyPhoenix movement began, drawing hundreds of people to Caesar Chavez square next to city hall. There were spirited debates, impassioned speeches and an outpouring of personal expression speaking out about the issues the country faces.

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More photos from first Occupy Phoenix march.

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Photos from the first Occupy Phoenix march.