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Occupy Houston Protestors Covered With Tent To Possibly Hide Arrests
At about 1:45, two groups of protesters - one numbering six and the other 12 - lay on the street, stopping traffic into a two-lane road that leads to the port entrance. Three trucks and four cars were halted before oncoming traffic was redirected to an alternate route.
HFD was called in to cut PVC pipes off of a group of protesters who used the devices to band their arms together. A large red tent was placed over the protesters to prevent sparks, said HPD spokesman John Cannon.
Protesters then came out of the tent individually, were handcuffed and detained by police. Ten protesters were charged with blocking a public roadway, and eight were arrested for using a criminal instrument to block a public roadway.
The demonstrators became increasingly angry during the arrests. Two lay down on the sidewalk, blocking the path of officers on horseback. Both were arrested for interfering with a public servant.
By 3:30 p.m., protesters had cleared out, headed to their next Occupy event - a march in downtown.
6:10 We reported earlier that Houston police had covered up a half dozen peaceful protests, prone and awaiting arrest, with a giant tent to hide them from view. Here is video, with tent arriving about 1:30 in.
comments on the youtube page suggest protesters left the tents ziptied.
they carry in the tent and cover the protesters. they then appear to be turning on gas and pumping it into the tent. what is that? please someone tell me.