About 25 people protesting at Occupy Worcester were arrested on Saturday after staying in the Common despite officers’ requests that they leave, according to the Boston Globe.
Police say the participants moved from Lake Park to the Common, and would not leave when asked. The arrests were without incident according to authorities.
The Globe reports that staying on the Common between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. is misdemeanor trespassing as per a Worcester city ordinance. Mayor Joseph O’Brien alerted the protesters that they faced arrest if they defied the ordinance.
The Worcester Telegram & Gazette said the participants wrote in a press release that they felt Lake Park is an “excellent boot camp,” but the Common was better for visibility and solidarity.