SANTA ANA (AP) — Four members of the Occupy Orange County protest were arrested in Santa Ana after refusing to take down their tents and leave when their permit expired.

Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna says the arrests occurred early Sunday at the Santa Ana Civic Center. Authorities had warned organizers that demonstrators could not stay in the area after dark.

The four were cited and released for failure to obey a city ordinance against camping. They will appear in court in December on the misdemeanor charges.

One of the men, Sam Aresheh, told the Orange County Register that his right to peacefully assemble under the First Amendment should supersede the city’s laws against camping.

Bertagna says about 120 people protested peacefully Saturday.

Demonstrators have been issued a permit to gather from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

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Comments (6)
  1. jeboz says:

    Four arrested?! Shouldn’t it have said “All Occupy OC protesters arrested”? Occupy OC… now that is funny!

  2. Freeman says:

    Jealous cause the good guys are winning joboz? You’d like everyone rounded up like in the good ole’ nazi days huh?

  3. Robert S. says:

    Permits should be “Taken back, as they cause more trouble than they are worth. Let um stay, as all the stupid arrests are nothing but “EGO BOOSTERS” that just tie up the courts. They should just “supervise” the PEACEFUL PROTESTERS” til they get weary of being there, and then let um go home! Would Save the taxpayer a lot of money, no one would have an arrest record, and egoes could be left at home, thus saving a big pile of “bruised feelings”! There is something wrong in the country, and people are just showing their feelings about the mess we are in.

  4. Robert S. says:

    No wonder the country is going “broke”. Too many people in power just “NOT Thinking”, and we are really “gettin itin the neck”!

  5. k says:

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close those bad cases.
    There is evidence that employees from DoD, CIA and DOJ accepted bribes from Al Quida.
    How is it that 12 of the 9/11 terrorists could live for 2 weeks just 2 miles from NSA head quarters in Maryland.This after several of them had taken flight simulator lessons on Jumbo jet trainers and several of them where on State department terror watch lists.
    There is evidence that employees from DoD, CIA and DOJ accepted bribes from Al Quida.
    If DoJ and DoD employees where more concerned with doing their jobs than enriching themselves by stealing from suspects and taking bribes, then there might have been more a chance that 9/11 had never happened.
    Worse might be the fact that elements within the U.S. Intellignece agencies with intent create their own terrorists by carefully choosing suspects and through many 10’s of years of psycological and physical abuse create their own terrorists. Why, to prop up defense spending.
    My dog was poisoned to death, a stolen car was run into the front of my house, gang members are harrassing me, I get death threats, BB guns are being shot at my car when I drive, my car is being tampered with, money and jewelry has been stolen out of my house and these corrupt DOD employees are using torture as a punishment.

    1. Pokey says:

      Yeah, and I’m Gumby, dammit.

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