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Deputy Duplicity Thins Protest Numbers in front of County Building
Robert Norse
Phone reports from on-the-scene activists "Commander X" (Chris Doyon) and David Silva. These indicate sheriff's deputies repeated their threats of Friday night to cite and/or arrest folks sitting or holding Occupy Santa Cruz signs in front of the County Building under the boilerplate "anti-lodging" law. On Friday night the group there resisted these threats (which included such absurd demands as each protester would only be allowed one personal bottle of water), but not tonight. Those sleeping in the San Lorenzo park encampment slumbered on as deputies drove away the visible protesters who were, perhaps, garnering too much support from passing cars and pedestrians. Threatening people with criminal prosecution for peaceful protest is both an act of duplicity and a form of assault. Hopefully folks will gain strength from each other to resist such abuse.

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