24 Occupy Albany Protesters Arrested at Park

Protesters have been camped out at the park across from state Capitol for 3 weeks

Police have arrested 24 Occupy Albany protesters after they defied an 11 p.m. curfew in a state-owned park.

State police hauled away the protesters late Saturday night after warning them with megaphones that they were breaking the law in Lafayette Park, the Albany Times-Union reports.

After the arrests the remaining protesters milled around the edges of the park and sang "This Land is Your Land."

Earlier on Saturday police arrested protester Bradley Russell on trespassing charges. Russell had been building a shelter in the park using squares of foam, packing tape and protest signs. He called it his "freedom fort."

The Occupy Albany protesters have set up their main camp in the city-owned Academy Park. Lafayette Park is adjacent to that park.

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