A judge on Wednesday ordered 10 members of Occupy Charleston to stay out of Marion Square until they are tried on trespassing charges.
The protesters had been arrested at Marion Square, a city park, before dawn and charged with trespassing by Charleston police.
At their bond hearing today, Muncipal Judge Joseph M. Mendelsohn told them, as a condition of their release, that they were to stay out of the park until their trial on Nov. 29. He said they could stand accross the street, but they could not enter the park.
The 10 defendants appeared in municipal court by video teleconference from the county jail. Before the hearing, attorney William Hamilton warned supporters in the courtroom to remain quiet during the proceeding or they could be charged with contempt of court and jailed..
Observers said 50 police officers arrested the 10 protesters in the park at about 1:15 a.m. They were identified as: Ramon Caraballo, Nathaniel Williams, Allison Anderson, Crystal Wernicke, Adrianna Varevi, Noah Hilliard, Brandon Fish, Matthew Rabon, Tyreece Washington and Richard Fowler.
Mendelsohn said all but Anderson would be released Wednesday on a personal recognizance bond. Anderson has two outstanding bench warrants, he said.
Before the arrests, a group of about 50 members of Occupy Charleston had been chanting slogans and holding protest signs at the corner of King and Calhoun next to the park where some of them spread blankets.
Wednesday evening, Occupy Charleston publicized a link to videos of the arrests and issued the following statement :
"To the People,
Last night, Charleston police sent approximately 40 officers to arrest a handful of non-violent demonstrators and Iraq War veterans.
It didn't have to be this way. Occupy Charleston has shown good faith in its negotiations with the City to establish and maintain a peaceful and respectful demonstration. In contrast, Mayor Riley opposes Occupy's message, refuses to negotiate in good faith with us, and is now attempting to silence our voices through force.
He will fail. The people's grievances with income inequality, political corruption, and crony capitalism remain, no matter how many badges, guns, and handcuffs show up to Marion Square.
We will not be silent, and we will not leave. Occupy Charleston will endure."