Protesters with the Las Cruces version of the national rallies against Wall Street have avoided arrests after donations allowed them to purchase “camping” permits.
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/uHDQSA) that the permits granted Thursday allow protesters to stay in the city’s Albert Johnson Park and prevented a potential clash with Las Cruces police.
Authorities said Wednesday that police would arrest protesters who refused to leave late Thursday after complaints from neighbors.
Before the permits were granted a handful of protesters were given citations for camping without $12 permits.
But City Manager Robert Garza said because of donations there would be no further action by police and city officials “for the foreseeable future.”
Las Cruces is one of several cities and towns in New Mexico where “Occupy” protests are being held.