Occupy Austin members gear up for more events this week


by KVUE News


Posted on October 7, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 8 at 7:23 AM

AUSTIN -- Occupy Austin members are preparing for their next event Monday night at City Hall after a weekend of arrests.

Many spent the day outside the Travis County Jail, waiting for the release of three members that were taken into custody on Saturday for trying to set up a tent city.

Police officials say Luke Smith and Joshua Pineda were arrested at Highland Park Mall Saturday after officers told them they were on private property and needed to move to the sidewalk.

Both were charged with misdemeanor trespassing. Jeremy Krutz was also arrested on camping charges. All three men were released Sunday. 

Oct. 6 marked the one year anniversary of Occupy Austin, and members said they wanted to commemorate the date by setting up homes for those who live on the street.

Peter Cooper, who is an organizer with Occupy Austin, said, "We wanted to do acts of civil disobedience, setting up tents, as there is a camping ban on in the city of Austin."

He says they needed tents because shelters are full.

Earlier this year dozens of occupiers were arrested after camping out at City Hall Plaza. Last month a federal judge said banning protesters from that area was unconstitutional.

Members of Occupy Austin say they also plan to stage an event on Wednesday, Oct. 10 in honor of World Homeless Action Day.