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US police arrest 7 Charlotte protesters

By • Jan 31st, 2012 • Category: News & Analysis

By: Occupy Wall St.

Police in the US city of Charlotte have arrested seven Occupy protesters and dismantled their encampment as part of a new effort by authorities to disband the nationwide movement.

Protesters chanted “shame!” and “Arrest us”! We’ll multiply” as the police moved into the camp site on Monday afternoon.

Charlotte Police Captain Jeff Estes had hours earlier given protesters “one final warning” to comply with the orders of the local authority.

According to a new city ordinance that went into effect on Sunday midnight, people are forbidden to camp on city-owned property.

Occupy protesters in the US city of Washington were also given eviction orders on Monday to leave their encampments at McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza. However, they defied the order and vowed to maintain their resistance.

Tension is now running high as many expect the police to remove the tents by force.

The Occupy movement emerged after a group of demonstrators gathered in New York’s financial district on September 17, 2011 to protest against the unjust distribution of wealth in the country and the excessive influence of big corporations on US policies.

Despite the police crackdown and mass arrests, the Occupy movement, which grew out of the Occupy Wall Street movement, has now spread to many major US cities as well as to Australia, Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Portugal and other countries.

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