Wednesday morning at least eleven Tampa Police cars responded before dawn to the Occupy Tampa encampment near Curtis Hixon Park. But there was no emergency. Police on the scene wouldn’t talk on tape, but protesters said the dozen or so police were there to make sure demonstrators were not asleep on the sidewalk after 6 a.m.
Last week Police gave protesters a memo implying they won’t be allowed to camp on the sidewalk for much longer, so Thursday Occupy Tampa will ask the Democratic-leaning City Council for a park where they can stay. Wednesday at 7 p.m. Council member Mary Mulhern will speak with Occupy Tampa at their encampment near Curtis Hixon Park.
This week the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee passed a resolution supporting the right of protesters within the city. They appear concerned about demonstrations during next year’s Republican National Convention as well as Occupy Tampa. Even though members run without party affiliation, Mulhern has been associated with the Democratic Party.