Tenn. protesters arrested for 2nd straight night

By ERIK SCHELZIG | October 29, 2011 | 6:30 AM EDT

State Police arrest Occupy Nashville protestors early Friday morning Oct. 28, 2011 at the site where a few dozen Wall Street protesters have been encamped for about three weeks. Authorities began moving in early Friday using a newly enacted state policy that set a curfew for the grounds near the state Capitol, including Legislative Plaza where the protesters had been staying in tents.(AP Photo/The Tennessean, John Partipilo)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police for a second straight night arrested Wall Street protesters who defied a new curfew a day after they were forced off the Tennessee Capitol grounds because new restrictions had been set.

And for a second time, a Nashville night judge dismissed arrest warrants of the arrested protesters.

Occupy Nashville protesters — including many of the 29 arrested Friday — returned to the Legislative Plaza later that evening and remained through the 10 p.m. curfew.

A second wave of arrests began just before midnight. A Tennessee Highway Patrol officer told another officer at the scene that 26 people had been arrested.

Protesters vowed to return Saturday.