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Police make arrests among Occupy Honolulu protesters on first night of planned demonstration
HONOLULU (AP) ' Police have arrested roughly a half dozen protesters after organizers of the Occupy Honolulu movement attempted to establish an encampment at a local park.
Some 20 police officers arrived late Saturday at the city's Thomas Square. Members of Occupy Honolulu had said earlier Saturday that they planned to begin camping at the park starting at its 10 p.m. closing time. About 40 protesters were gathered at the site when authorities began telling them to leave.
A number of those arrested had refused to leave when asked.
The Honolulu protesters are part of a broader movement that is largely demonstrating against disparities in the nation's economic system.
Honolulu organizers said they also stood "in solidarity" with the homeless who are being forced from the streets and parks as the city prepares this week to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.