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Police arrest two at Occupy Colorado Springs protest

By: RYAN MAYE HANDY
November 5, 2011
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Colorado Springs police arrested two protesters Thursday afternoon after they set up two "pop-up" tents on the southeast corner of Acacia Park.

Timothy Semple, 28, and Amber Hagen, 22, decided along with other protesters to put their tents in area where the Occupy protest permit does not apply. The group received a warning to take their tents down in 30 minutes, but refused, police said.

Police said the two were not tied to Occupy Colorado Springs, which has been protesting corporate greed and government issues in the park for weeks. An Occupy protester said they were affiliated with his group.

Hagen and Semple duct taped the tent poles to their bodies in defiance, and were cut away from them by police.

The protesters obtained a monthlong permit on Oct. 30 to occupy the southwest corner of Acacia Park, at the intersection of Bijou and Tejon streets. Jon Martinez, a protester, said on Saturday that the group believes that permit requirement violates civil rights.

Last month a man was arrested for setting up a tent, which is a violation of a city ordinace.

At the time, Jason Warf, another protester, said the man was not affiliated with the Occupy Colorado Springs movement.

Hagen and Semple were booked into El Paso County jail on suspicion of interfering with a public official and for violating code regulations. Both were given a $200 bond.

At 9:35 p.m. Martinez said he was on his way to the jail to try to get the two released.

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