39 people were arrested Sunday morning in Austin, Texas at the Occupy Austin protests at City Hall. Police made the arrests under a statute about not blocking the steps during certain hours so that they may be cleaned. There was something else about a new rule about food tables not being allowed on City Hall grounds. It sounds like Police could have done arrests any time during the ongoing protests.
This is not the first time people have been arrested for protests. In 1988 during Operation Rescue, hundreds were arrested nationwide. Sympathy swings both directions so the contempt leveled from the left at the Operation Rescue folks is now being leveled from the right at the Occupy “Insert City” folks. I still hope this doesn’t become violent. Police in Oakland have already given themselves a black eye, shooting protester Scott Olsen in the head with a tear gas canister.
Update: As of 3:30am everyone looks tucked in on the steps plus the people in the tent. There were a few cop cars.