Minneapolis police removed Occupy protesters’ tents from downtown Peavey Plaza Saturday night and arrested 12 of the activists during a march around 10 p.m. at Hennepin Ave and 5th Street.
Police spokesman Sgt. Steve McCarty told MPR News that the activists blocked intersections and impeded an ambulance on an emergency call, whereas demonstrators say they moved to the side to let the ambulance pass.
“It’s absolutely shameful that the Minneapolis police are attacking and arresting peaceful protesters exercising their first amendment rights while the bankers and corporate crooks who crashed our economy are walking free,” said Sam Richards, an active duty national guardsman and organizer with Occupy Minneapolis who was among those arrested.
The Occupy activists had chosen Saturday, April 7 to re-occupy Peavey Plaza and Loring Park in Minneapolis — six months after their initial occupation of Hennepin County Government Plaza in front of City Hall. At the top of the page is a video of them setting up camp earlier in the day. In response to the arrests last night, Occupy MN will hold a press conference and rally Monday at 1:30 at Hennepin County Government Plaza.
Below: video provided by Occupy MN of activists being pinned to the ground by police.