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Police Raid Occupy Riverside, 11 Protesters Arrested

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Authorities in Riverside responded to the civil disobedience of the Occupy Riverside protesters Sunday afternoon by arresting 11 participants, according to L.A. Now.

Police were called out the their camp site near City Hall at around 3 p.m. and "ordered protesters to take down their tents, saying that erecting structures in the pedestrian plaza was not allowed."

The protesters, however, would not relent, and instead formed a "human chain," according to Riverside Police Lt. Chuck Griffitts.

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The 11 arrests that ensued included eight protesters arrested on "suspicion of resisting or delaying an officer." Another two were arrested "on suspicion of assaulting an officer," while the 11th was "arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly throwing a full soda can at an officer."

Members of the Occupy Riverside protest are alleging police brutality. A protester quoted by L.A. Now says the raid was "unprovoked," though officers had been warning the Occupy participants that they were planning to break up the protest site.

Remaining protesters say they will "not be scared away" following the raid.