Police break up Occupy Wall St. camp in Richmond

October 31, 2011 - 4:30 AM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Police in Richmond, Va., have broken up an Occupy Wall Street camp where protesters had set up a tent city, complete with a makeshift library, kitchen and portable toilets.

Police spokesman Gene Lepley says officers began clearing the park early Monday around 1 a.m. He says most of the dozens of protesters there left when told to and around a dozen who stayed were arrested for trespassing.

The "Occupy" movement, which began six weeks ago in lower Manhattan to decry corporate influence in government and wealth inequality, has spread to cities across the country and around the world. Demonstrators have spent weeks camped out in parks, wearing at the patience of city officials.

Protesters have been arrested in cities including Portland, Ore.; Austin, Texas; Oakland, Calif.; Atlanta and Nashville, Tenn.