Police arrest protestors with Occupy St. Louis for curfew violations in Kiener Plaza
St. Louis (KSDK) -- After more than forty days of protests, the occupation of Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis came to an end early Saturday morning -- at least for now.
Just before mid-night, Occupy St. Louis protestors learned a federal judge denied their request to intervene.
"Ladies and gentlemen at this time we need you to get back to the sidewalk," Lt. Dan Zarrick with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police announced to protestors over a bullhorn just before 1 a.m. Saturday.
Dozens of police officers made good on the city's promise to enforce the 10 p.m. curfew in Kiener - an ordinance it had overlooked for weeks.
About two dozen protestors were prepared to leave in cuffs, and they did. In all, 27 were arrested and all, police say, went peacefully.
"We believe that we should have a voice," said arrested protestor Angelo Dower.
"We feel like we don't have a voice anymore. The voice is bought. It's paid for. And the people that have the money have the voice," said Dower.
It was one of the largest crowds gathered at Kiener since the protests began, but not everyone was there in support.
"Well we wanted to see the curfew enforced," said Chris Evans as he watched from across the street. "The mayor gave them how much notice? It's time to go."
Protestors say they will return to continue their occupation. And say they are prepared to go to jail again.
The group says they have another hearing before the same judge that declined to stop Saturday morning's evictions next week. At 9:30 a.m. they'll ask U.S. District Judge Carol Jackson to allow them to return to Kiener Plaza to protest around the clock on First Amendment grounds.