Police arrest demonstrators occupying Seattle park



SEATTLE (AP) — Police have arrested eight Occupy Seattle demonstrators who refuse to remove their tents Monday from the city’s downtown Westlake Park.

Spokesman Mark Jamieson says officers started going through the park at dawn telling campers they had to move their tents so city employees could clean the park. Most campers complied. Those who refused were arrested.

Police jailed three men and one woman for obstructing an officer and resisting arrest. Another woman was arrested for obstructing a public officer, resisting arrest and assault. Three other men were arrested for obstructing an officer and released with charges recommended to the city attorney.

Dozens of tents had remained in the park after a weekend of Occupy Seattle demonstrations against corporate power.

The city has tried to persuade demonstrators to move out of the retail core to City Hall Plaza.