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Occupiers are racking up multiple citations

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Last week the Tucson City Council voted to continue issuing citations to Occupy Tucson protesters who remained in Armory Park and Veinte de Agosto Park.  As a result, the Tucson Police Department has issued more than 430 tickets to those people who remain in the park past the 10:30 p.m. closing time.

While this has created a dent in the number of people that show up and stay overnight at the park, several people have received multiple citations from TPD.  Sam Agger, 26, has received 25 citations from TPD as of Halloween night.  "We're going to change the world and I want to be a part of it," Agger explained.

Other protesters have also received multiple citations from TPD.  Ralph Whitted, 42, has 4 citations.  Eric Powell, 23, could not remember if he had 3 or 4 citations.

Most protesters cannot afford the fines imposed by the citations, so they leave the park while the police are issuing tickets and come back when they are gone.  Others come during the day to show their support and retire to their homes at night. 

A woman who goes by the pseudonym of Doctress Newtopia, 55, comes during the day to show her support but leaves at night.  "I think that this is going to create what I call a 'Love-alution,'" Doctress Newtopia said.  "It's a non-violent, world-wide transformation."

Several of Occupy Tucson's supporters are older retired people that cannot stay overnight at the park for other reasons.  Lee Stanfield, a 68-year-old retired social worker, said at last week's city council meeting that she could not stay overnight because of health conditions but comes to the park during the day when she can.

Amid controversy over potential conflicts with other events slated to take place at Armory Park, Occupy Tucson protesters recently voted to temporarily move their tents from the park to make way for El Tour de Tucson and the Procession of Little Angels for the All Souls Parade.


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