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Police arrest 24 at Occupy Asheville protest

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Caleb Shaw, one of the 24 arrested during Occupy Asheville. (Asheville Police Department) Caleb Shaw, one of the 24 arrested during Occupy Asheville. (Asheville Police Department)
ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Occupy Asheville protesters took to the street Wednesday night in response to Occupy protesters who were hurt in a clash with police in Oakland, CA. And 24 of them were arrested by Asheville Police.

They held a march that started underneath the Lexington Avenue Bridge then held a vigil at Vance Monument at Pack Square Park.

Police said that they occupied the park after hours. After a call from a protester telling police they would occupy for 24 hours, police said that they would be in violation if they stayed past 10 p.m.

Police contacted the group representative Joshua Fellows around 10 p.m. to ask the protesters to comply and vacate the park.

Lt. Bill Wilke said that the protesters showed no interest to move somewhere else and were prepared to be arrested.

Prior to the curfew, protesters said Wednesday's night demonstration was peaceful.

"Agenda, everybody is here for different reasons whether they're upset over one thing or another," said Joshua Fellows. "But I think as a whole we understand and know that something's not right and it needs to change."

Fellows said protesters came out in Asheville to encourage peaceful protesting.

Once police and Buncombe County Sheriff's Office deputies arrived on the scene, they said they asked the protesters to vacate but they were met by coordinated chants and the protesters refused to leave.

Due to their refusal, police began making arrests.

Police said that everything went generally peacefully and no officers were placed into a force situation. Each person arrested was charged with second-degree trespass along with resist, delay and obstruct for their failure to comply after repeated requests to leave.

Police said protesters originally took to the streets around 6 p.m., shutting down some downtown roads in the process.

All 24 persons arrested were given unsecure, written promises to appear, with the exception of the John/Jane Does.

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