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Occupy Orlando Protester Spends Three Weeks In Jail For Writing With Chalk On The Sidewalk

By Tanya Somanader  

"Occupy Orlando Protester Spends Three Weeks In Jail For Writing With Chalk On The Sidewalk"


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Occupy Orlando protester Timothy Osmar was finally released Wednesday after nearly three weeks in a Florida jail. His crime? Writing with pink chalk on the sidewalk. The 25-year-old was writing protest slogans like “the revolution will not be televised” and “This is not graffiti. It’s democracy” in chalk last month. Police arrested him for violating a city ordinance that prohibits “writing or painting advertising matter on streets or sidewalks.” The city prosecutor dropped the charges a day after his release. Osmar hopes to convince the police to stop arresting people for using chalk: “It’s something that I feel, and that a lot of rational people think, is our right as citizens…I still believe I did the right thing. I’m OK with being arrested again.” And with that, he returned to City Hall and began writing messages on the sidewalk “about freedom and revolution.”

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