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At least 3 Occupy Austin members arrested

Published On: Oct 07 2012 08:54:09 PM CDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - At least three Occupy Austin members have been arrested as the group tried to begin a new occupation in the northern part of the city.

The Austin American Statesman reported Sunday that about 50 protesters gathered at 5 p.m. Saturday at Highland Park Mall.

They were met by Austin police, who swept toward them saying they were on private property.

Two members were arrested. The group then marched to a former Home Depot and planned to pitch a tent city, but police kept them away. A third member was arrested there.

One Occupy member said the goal of the tent city was to provide a shelter for Austin's homeless.

The group set up camp at city hall from Oct. 6, 2011, to Feb. 3, when police evicted them.