Occupy Ottawa stages small protest after eviction
Ottawa police evicted about two dozen Occupy movement protesters from Confederation Park early Wednesday morning.
Police said they moved in at about 2 a.m. ET to enforce the Monday eviction issued by the landowner, the National Capital Commission. About 25 people were at the site when police moved in.
Eight people who refused to leave were arrested under the authority of the Trespass to Property Act.
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One man was injured during the eviction when police said the individual reaggravated a previous injury. He was taken to hospital.
About two dozen protesters also appeared in front of the NCC head office at 3 p.m. Wednesday, but the effort did not create large stir. They also said they were considering relocating to a city park.
Protester Miranda Bradley, one of the eight who was ticketed for trespassing, said it was a scary experience to see what she described as 100 police officers surround the park.
"I was really scared," said Bradley. "I felt like I was about to vomit I was shaking."
"A couple of officers went up to us and said we were trespassing and if we did not comply we would be arrested," she said. "So we all took a look at each other, nodded to each other, we all hugged each other, and then the first person was arrested, peacefully."
The NCC closed the park to the public to conduct a cleanup but reopened the park at just before 11 a.m. Wednesday.