POSTED: 7:18 a.m. HST, Nov 6, 2011
LAST UPDATED: 8:20 a.m. HST, Nov 7, 2011
Eight Occupy Honolulu protesters arrested Saturday night after trying to establish an encampment at Thomas Square have been released, according to police.
The protesters were among some 40 people who gathered at the park Saturday night. They were arrested after refusing to leave after 10 p.m., the park’s official closing time.
The group’s website reported that the eight arrested faced a cumulative $1,700 in bail but the Honolulu Police Department’s booking section said all eight were released without having to post bail.
Some 20 police officers arrived late Saturday at the park near downtown Honolulu. Members of Occupy Honolulu had said earlier Saturday that they planned to begin camping at the park starting at its 10 p.m. closing time.
The Honolulu protesters are part of a broader movement that is largely demonstrating against disparities in the nation’s economic system.
Honolulu organizers said they also stood “in solidarity” with the homeless who are being forced from the streets and parks as the city prepares this week to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.