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Several Arrests Made In OccupyMN Protest In Mpls.

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — Police say seven people have been arrested for blocking traffic outside the U.S. Bancorp building in downtown Minneapolis during a protest by OccupyMN.

Minneapolis Police Sgt. William Palmer says the group set up two tents in the intersection about 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Police asked them to move three times and when they didn’t, officers arrested them shortly before 2 p.m.

At the same time, a crowd of about 100 people were on the surrounding sidewalks. Many were chanting against banks and home foreclosures. After the arrests, protesters left the area and normal vehicle and pedestrian traffic resumed.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Samantha Smith Reports

Five men and two women were arrested and they were booked into the Hennepin County Jail. Palmer says the arrests were peaceful.

It was the first time multiple protesters have been arrested since the group began its self-described occupation of the Hennepin County government plaza on Oct. 7.

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