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8 Occupy Raleigh Demonstrators Arrested

Eight people have been arrested in Raleigh when authorities said some anti-Wall Street protesters on the sidewalk next to the old Capitol building grounds in Raleigh didn

Protesters prepare to be arrested during an Occupy Chicago march and protest at Grant Park in Chicago, late Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Eight people have been arrested in Raleigh when authorities said some anti-Wall Street protesters on the sidewalk next to the old Capitol building grounds in Raleigh didn't comply with instructions to remove their belongings.

A State Capitol Police spokesman said the Occupy Raleigh demonstrators arrested Thursday afternoon were charged with misdemeanor second-degree trespassing and taken to the Wake County jail.

The Department of Administration asked police to tell demonstrators to remove coolers, chairs, tables and other items from the sidewalk to allow access for other citizens. Police spokesman Ernie Seneca said most people complied, but three wouldn't leave their chairs, and others surrounded them as police approached.

The Occupy movement held a rally on the Capitol grounds Oct. 15 and then shifted its demonstrations to the sidewalk.


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