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A protester is searched after being arrested at Saturday’s Occupy Chicago demonstration in Grant Park. October, 15th-16th, 2011
People marched from Chicago’s financial district in the thousands and set up over 20 tents in Grant Park. When the park closed at 11:00pm police made an anouncement that those staying in the park were violating a municipal ordinance by remaining there after closing. Around 1:00am the police lit up the crowd with massive floodlights and started arresting anyone who didn’t leave peaceably. By 1:30am police began tearing down the impromptu tent city as the crowd chanted “Get your own tents!” and “We have more tents!” The final arrests were made by 4:00am and CTA buses had to be brought in to deal with the overflow of arrestees. One protester joked that with the money the CPD will be getting in fines from those arrested that they could afford some more paddy wagons. With over 2000 protesters descending upon the city for this weekend’s sit-in, arrests were reported to be around 200.