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Police arrest three more Occupy Tampa protesters

TAMPA - Three more Occupy Tampa protesters were arrested Wednesday night for trespassing in a public park. Police were patrolling Kiley Garden Park, 400 N. Ashley Drive, after the park closed when they spotted Ryan Bee, 25, on the property, according to an arrest report. Officers arrested him because he violated a previous warning; Bee was booked into a county jail on Nov. 9 for trespassing and possession of drug paraphernalia in the same park. While Bee was being arrested, two more protesters entered the park, the report said.
Joseph Perry, 20, began to record the incident with a video camera and was told by officers to leave, the report said. He, and Ashley Perry, 24, were arrested after police asked them to stay off park property and they didn't heed the warning. All three were booked into Orient Road Jail on Wednesday. Bee's bail is set at $2,250 and Ashley Perry remains in jail on $500 bail. Joseph Perry was released this morning after posting $500 bail. Kiley Garden Park is adjacent to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, the site where Occupy Tampa has centered its efforts to protest corporate bailouts, soaring unemployment, government debt and a shrinking middle class. The city has allowed Occupy Tampa participants to sleep on a sidewalk along Ashley Drive, but not in public parks. People sleeping overnight have to get up and collect their belongings by 6 a.m. A few protesters have had success spending the night in Kiley Garden without being led out of the park in handcuffs. On Nov. 8, Occupy Tampa posted a video on YouTube showing four protesters sleeping in Kiley Garden. Near them was a sign that said, "This is our park." In an email to The Tampa Tribune, protesters wrote that Occupy Tampa scored a "victory" against police when the "four members successfully camped out overnight without arrest at Kiley Garden Park." The local movement here is inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protest group, which rallied hundreds of participants this morning for a march through New York City's financial district. Earlier this week, authorities kicked out Occupy Wall Street protesters from a camp they had set up in Manhattan. A local advocacy group, St. Pete For Peace, has created a website that tracks how many arrests have been made since the Occupy Wall Street movement started on Sept. 17. About 3,476 protesters in 56 cities have been arrested, according to the OccupyArrests.com website.

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