by Dan Gibson
Occupy Tucson was removed by the Tucson Police Department late last night, seemingly peaceably, from their campouts at Armory Park and the Library Park due to events scheduled with permits for both areas this weekend. The campers moved to Veinte de Agusto park on Congress (probably better known as Pancho Villa park), which, as it turns out, was the original location for the protest.
From an email distributed by Dave Croteau:
Thursday night at approximately 11pm, the Tucson Police Department surrounded the perimeter of Armory Park with 80 officers and forced Occupy Tucson to vacate the park.
In two hours, Occupy Tucson had bugged-out and cleaned the park of any trash on the grounds.
The Tucson community showed up and helped during the bug-out process. Some who had only been following the movement on the internet, showed up and aided in the move.
There were no injuries to report on the occupiers. Some TPD officers were even sympathetic to the forced action against the occupiers as they could not help during the move but could only watch.
The Pima County Library Park was also vacated by the occupiers after TPD forced an evacuation of that park.
Currently, there are approximately 40 tents at the new base camp with approximately 60 occupiers holding their ground after what can only be termed as a successful and well organized bug-out from Armory Park.
Occupy Tucson has found its second wind.
Alex Maldonado (Peacekeeper/Veteran For Peace).