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    Posted October 16, 2011 by
    Phoenix, Arizona
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Occupy Wall Street

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    Occupy Phoenix-Day2-Final Stand?


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     APizm shares these photos of the riot police moving in for arrests at Hance Park in Phoenix, Arizona, in the evening of October 15. He says: 'I was actually surprised that the protesters were still protesting late into the night and early morning. The Phoenix Police had the park surrounded and cut most of the power to the park so I had to rely on external sources of light to capture the photos properly. One thing I did appreciate by both the Phoenix Police and the protesters was that both parties were peaceful in their actions. I have photographed protest before and am aware that they can get out of hand very quickly. Luckily, the Occupy Phoenix protest did not move in that direction at any point during my entire coverage. It was refreshing to see the great residents of Phoenix and Arizona handle themselves properly.'
    - elchueco, CNN iReport producer

    After photographing the protest earlier in the day I came back to my apartment in downtown Phoenix around 1130pm tonight and immediately noticed that something was not right. There was a police helicopter circling high above Hance Park which just happened to be where the protesters had decided to move the group to earlier in the day.


    I knew I had to be there. With my camera bag ready I jumped in my truck and raced over to Hance Park about a mile away. When I arrived at the park I was greeted with, "park is closed sir" by a Phoenix Police Officer. Shining off the top of his riot helmet I could see flashlights in the near distance. Walking along the street to the interior of the park I saw the riot line of 50+ Officers. About 10 feet in front of them was a circle of devoted protesters.


    Slowly moving forward every 5 minutes the riot line, one by one, removed the stubborn protestors while the rest of us watched.


    During my time photographing tonight, I did not hear one chant or statement about Occupy Phoenix or the 99%! What did this smaller group stand for? And if they were with Occupy Phoenix, did this "sit in" help progress the Occupy movement any closer to its goals? What was the purpose of the Final Stand?

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