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By Keegan Mcinroe     Oct 16, 2011 in Politics
Fort Worth - Five Occupy Fort Worth protesters have been arrested at Burnett Park near downtown Fort Worth, TX, for refusing to vacate three tents.
Around 9:45 p.m. Saturday evening, five Occupy Fort Worth protesters were taken into police custody according to reports coming from the Occupy Fort Worth camp. The five were arrested for refusing to vacate three tents Fort Worth police were attempting to take down. The three tents and the contents within, including food, water, and over $100 from their general fund, were confiscated.
According to Occupy Fort Worth protester, Jody Jones, the three tents were covered with protesters' writing and therefore considered "symbols of free speech." Occupy Fort Worth believes that because the tents were symbols of free speech and were not obstructing or blocking a sidewalk they were in compliance with city code.
The police made a request a couple of hours prior to the arrests for the tents' removal before returning with over a dozen officers to forcibly remove the tents.
The local media was notified by Occupy Fort Worth of the brewing incident over an hour in advance of the arrests but did not arrive on the scene until after the arrests had been made.
Two citations have also reportedly been issued for "having a structure on the sidewalk."
Individuals inside two of the tents were serving food and beverages to protesters gathered for a musical event and were arrested peaceably. At the time of the incident, local Fort Worth musician Daniel Kats√ľk was performing.
There are no reports of violence or injury.
Though all the tents have now been removed or taken down, Jones insists they will continue to occupy the park.
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