130 Protesters Arrested at Occupy Chicago


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Chicago police arrested 130 Occupy Chicago protesters early this morning after they refused to vacate Grant Park after its 11 p.m. closing time.

The group, which chanted slogans such as “Take me next!”, were  rounded up and taken into custody after midnight, a police spokesman told ABC News.

Protester Chris Soto said she was in Grant Park because she felt her granddaughter’s future was at stake.

“I’m here for my granddaughter, so I can send her to college,” Soto said. “She deserves Pell grants.”

Albert Cipriani, a demonstrator, said getting arrested was part of the Occupy process.

“By throwing ourselves into the judicial system, we can say what needs to be said,” Cipriani said.

It was the second time in a week police arrested dozens of Occupy Chicago protesters.

Last week, 175 people were taken into custody after disobeying the park’s curfew.

ABC News Radio contributed to this report



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