Orlando police arrest Occupy Wall Street protesters at city park

Occupy Tampa protestor Nick Windholz, in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement, lays on the floor with his hands behind his back inside police headquarters, Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/The Tampa Tribune, Rob Shaw)

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Occupy Tampa protestor Nick Windholz, in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement, lays on the floor with his hands behind his back inside police headquarters, Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/The Tampa Tribune, Rob Shaw)

— Orlando Police have arrested 19 Occupy Wall Street protesters for trespassing in a city park after hours.

The group is protesting corporate influence and police say they have been compliant with city rules. But police said a small group ignored a city ordinance banning them from the park after hours. They were arrested early Saturday morning.

In a statement, city officials said they "respects this groups decision to exercise their freedom of speech but we request that they adhere to the ordinances that are in place."

Late Thursday night, Fort Myers Police started issuing citations to protesters who had been camping out at Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers.

The city of Fort Myers has demanded that campers leave unless they secure a $1 million insurance policy.

Dozens of people are camped out in Centennial Park, but the group says without an insurance permit, the City of Fort Myers is asking them to pack up and leave. The group began camping in the park after last Saturday's protest, where several hundred walked the streets of downtown Fort Myers.

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