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Council Members: When Can Occupy Austin Trespassers Return?

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Members of the Austin Police Department arrest Occupied Austin protesters.

After last Saturday's 45 arrests at the Occupy Austin protest at city hall, some council members are now asking questions about the notices of criminal trespassing that were issued.

At today's Austin city council meeting, Laura Morrison and Kathie Tovo voiced concern about whether those who had received the notices would be allowed to return and conduct city business and how long that might take.

Council member Tovo said that she had received a call from a subcontractor for a city project who was issued a criminal trespassing notice.  The subcontractor asked if and when he would be allowed to come back and conduct his business.

Tovo said that she had talked to City Manager Marc Ott about what constitutes "city business," and whether or not that includes citizen communication period

"I'm hopeful we'll get some answers," Tovo said.

A city memo released Wednesday said protestors could request an invididual review of their case, according to the Statesman, but it remained unclear how long those reviews could take.

Reshma Kirpalani works as a freelancer at KUT News.
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