Protesters arrested in Tenn. after curfew defied

Associated Press
Protesters affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street Movement are seen at the Tennessee Capitol, Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. Tennessee's safety commissioner says Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's office approved a pre-dawn roundup of Wall Street protesters from the state Capitol grounds. Twenty-nine people were arrested, but a night judge refused to sign warrants because the policy had only been in effect since the previous afternoon. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police have begun arresting Wall Street protesters who defied a new curfew a day after they were forced off the Tennessee Capitol grounds because new restrictions had been set.

Several dozen people remained on the grounds after the new curfew passed Friday at 10 p.m.

Arrests began just before midnight. A Tennessee Highway Patrol officer told another officer at the scene that 26 people had been arrested.

Protesters remained at the scene and vowed to return Saturday.

Twenty-nine demonstrators were arrested early Friday when they refused to leave. A judge later ruled the state had not given them enough time to comply with the new curfew.

More than 200 people came to a meeting Friday night to talk about the arrests and future plans.

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