UPDATE: We've got images from the protest earlier today. Click to see the slideshow.
We've got the names of the four protesters arrested for camping out in the name of Occupy OC at Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse: Iraq war vet Anthony Velloza, Shay Palmer, Timothy Craven, Osama Aresheh.
An estimated 17 protesters are currently at Santa Ana Police
Station while the other half of the protesters remain at the Courthouse. As reported previously, Santa Ana Police issued a statement on Friday announcing that they will not allow protesters to camp.
We just spoke with Theo Hirsch, a member of the Occupy OC committee, who says they plan on continuing occupation. . .
“We are occupying on Broadway and Civic Center Dr., the 'Walk of
Honor.' Official occupation right now: Half of us are at Santa Ana jail
because four of our comrades got arrested. And [the police] had 25 cops,
horses, to detain four peaceful protesters,” Hirsch explains. “And they
were spending God knows how much money on the horses–the horses even
shat on the street. We're trying to defend our country and what do we
get? A pile of horse shit. The whole thing is just fucked.”
“They even pulled in crime scene investigation vans. . . This is just
the charts. This is straight up fascism,” Hirsch continues. “We pay the
taxes in this city, we should be able to peacefully assemble.”
Hirsch explains that Occupy OC had set up “a couple of tents” and the
four arrested had refused to exit the tents. He says that the men are
being cited as he spoke to OC Weekly and will supposedly be soon released.
ETA: Velloza, Palmer, Craven and Aresheh were released at 3:55 AM. after five hours and 40 min.