Three Occupy San Antonio members got tickets early Sunday, two days after relocating from the entrance of HemisFair Park to a spot near the Tower of the Americas.
San Antonio Park Police officers approached eight occupiers around 8 a.m. where they had their protest material set up at an adobe building.
“I was just lying down for a bit and I guess I kind of dozed off,” said Wilson, a San Antonio College student and cashier at GameStop. “I heard someone say, ‘Cops are swarming in!’ and … I didn’t even have time to get up.”
Wilson also got a ticket for failure to identify himself.
Police officers have maintained a 24-hour presence by the group since they were handed notices of violation of the city’s no camping ordinance on Dec. 12 and asked to move away from their original spot where New Year’s “Celebrate San Antonio” event is being set up.
The group’s lawyer, Roxana Orrell, advised a few dozen occupiers at their new location at the park Sunday evening to fill out a petition requesting a meeting with the mayor and other city officials. She also told them to fill out arrestee intake forms should citations occur.
“We’re probably going to expect more pressure come Monday morning,” Orrell said. “Don’t get behind the 8-ball trying to do survival stuff — keep up the political part of the protest.”