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Police arrest seventh Occupy Tampa demonstrator at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

Tampa resident Ashley Perry of the Occupy Tampa movement makes a poster Thursday at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on Ashley Drive to replace some after Tampa police arrested a protester on a trespassing charge.

OCTAVIO JONES | Times

Tampa resident Ashley Perry of the Occupy Tampa movement makes a poster Thursday at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on Ashley Drive to replace some after Tampa police arrested a protester on a trespassing charge.

TAMPA — Police arrested another Occupy Tampa protester Thursday at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, bringing the number of arrests to seven since the protest began three weeks ago.

Daiquiri Rene Jones, 22, faces a charge of trespassing after a park employee and police told him to leave and he refused, police said. He was arrested about 10:30 a.m.

Alexander Rene Schlegel, 21, also was arrested in the park Thursday, but police said he was not with Occupy Tampa.

Police said he ignored their attempts to tell him he couldn't skateboard in the park. Police said he argued and refused to give his identification.

The Rev. Bruce Wright, a Tampa Bay advocate for the homeless who has been involved with Occupy Tampa, said both men were demonstrators.

"It's a public space. They're allowed to be there and speak there," he said. "The police are playing fast and free with the rules, the laws of the city."

Police arrested six Occupy Tampa protesters Oct. 21 they said refused to move from a sidewalk near the park.

They were the first arrests since the protests began. All six were warned to not block the sidewalk before they were arrested, records show.

Protesters have called the arrests harassment. City officials say they have bent over backward to accommodate the demonstrations and that they are receiving numerous complaints from residents and others who use the park.

Police arrest seventh Occupy Tampa demonstrator at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park 10/27/11 [Last modified: Thursday, October 27, 2011 10:50pm]
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