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Tenn. protesters to challenge curfew for 3rd night

Occupy Nashville demonstrators prepared to challenge curfew again, risk arrest for 3rd night By The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) ' Occupy Nashville protesters say they plan to continue challenging a new curfew used to disband their encampment near the Capitol, despite two nights of arrests.

Tennessee state troopers arrested 26 people on Friday night, less than twenty-four hours after a pre-dawn raid where 29 were arrested. In both cases, the night magistrate refused to jail the protesters.

The arrests came after Gov. Bill Haslam's administration on Thursday announced it had created a 10 p.m. curfew and posted notices at the Legislative Plaza, near the Capitol.

On Saturday, about 150 Occupy Nashville protesters gathered for a meeting. Several said they would challenge the curfew again Saturday night.

One posted new signs next to those announcing the curfew. The text was from Article 1 of the Tennessee Constitution, including the right to assemble.

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