Tenn. protesters defy curfew 3rd time; no arrests

By KRISTIN M. HALL | October 30, 2011 | 10:45 AM EDT

Occupy Nashville protesters join hands on the Legislative Plaza on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. Participants in the economic protest returned to the Legislative Plaza after arrests were made the two previous nights. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Anti-Wall Street protesters have for a third straight night defied a curfew at the Legislative Plaza in Nashville. But this time no one was arrested.

Occupy Nashville organizers say demonstrators remained on the plaza through 6 a.m. CDT Sunday, when the curfew ended. State troopers made no arrests on curfew violations.

Troopers arrested more than two dozen people on both previous nights. The arrests came during a week of police crackdowns and clashes with protesters in California and Atlanta. Arrests also were made over the weekend at protests in Denver and Oregon.

In Nashville, Capitol police sporadically made their rounds and a state trooper occasionally walked past in the pre-dawn hours. But troopers never moved in to make mass arrests.