Tweets out of the group said protesters were not offered the option to leave Grant Park without being arrested. From Saturday::
For the second weekend in a row, anti-Wall Street protesters marched through the downtown streets in another attempt to take over Grant Park.
Between 1,500 and 2,500 protesters marched Saturday night from LaSalle and Jackson to the northeast corner of Congress and Michigan, where organizers said they again planned to set up a camp with the hopes of spending the night. Organizers said they are hoping to move the entire Occupy Chicago protest from the financial district to Grant Park going forward.
“We are going to hold this space, and that’s what we are going to do,” said Brit Schulte, 23, an organizer who was arrested at Grant Park last week and who has been protesting for 25 days straight. “Our ability to invoke our civil rights to protest shouldn’t be limited, and we shouldn’t be censored.”
Schulte, who recently moved to Chicago from Texas, said organizers didn’t request a permit to spend the night because they didn’t think they need it. But as of midnight, only one tent had been set up and only about 100 protesters remained in the park. Police set up metal barricades around the group. A few hundred people stood in support outside the barricades on the sidewalks around and across the street from the park and watched.