ST. LOUIS (CN) – City police arrested 14 members of Occupy St. Louis on Thursday, during a march from the group’s base to the Martin Luther King Bridge. The peaceful arrests came after marchers, blocked by police, sat at an intersection and refused to move.
The meaning of the march was somewhat murky. What started as a march to highlight public works that need investment and repair was clouded as others joined with their own agendas. Union members said they were concerned about jobs, and during a rally before the march Veronica Wansley, a home-care provider, told the crowd she was concerned about cuts to Medicaid and Medicare.
Marchers walked north through downtown until a line of officers blocked them at Fourth and Convention Plaza at about 4:15 p.m. The protesters were arrested without incident after they sat down in the intersection and wouldn’t budge.
March then headed south toward their home base in Kiener Plaza – a popular park in the heart of the city.
It was the second time in a week that Occupy St. Louis protesters have been arrested. Police arrested 20 protesters one week ago, on Friday night, after a federal judge ruled that the group could not stay in Kiener Plaza overnight. The city said the marchers could camp out on nearby sidewalks.