A member of Occupy Tampa is detained and escorted off the International Plaza property by a Tampa police officer.
A group of approximately 30 people from Occupy Tampa were escorted from two different Bay area malls on Saturday for protesting in advocacy for the release of Bradley Manning, the 25-year-old Army private currently jailed for his alleged role in the release of classified information to the website WikiLeaks. Calling the demonstrations Flash Mobs, the group appeared at West Shore Plaza and International Plaza in Tampa. During their brief protests they wore masks with the face of Manning, handed out pamphlets denouncing arrests for whistle blowing, and recited a scripted dialog loudly, calling attention to their message from both passersby and mall security. They were escorted off of the premises by security officers at West Shore Plaza and both Tampa Police Department and security members at International Plaza.
Bradley Manning masks being donned by the protesters, this one at Westshore Plaza.
A scripted message was recited by the group, quicly gaining the attention of shoppers and security.
Demonstrators objecting to the incarceration of Bradley Manning hold a banner over the railing at International Plaza in Tampa.
Occupy Tampa at International Plaza
The group was also seen at Tampa International Airport in a silent protest. According to one spokesman, the TIA demonstration was planned as a silent protest without masks, as they feared wearing masks, handing out flyers, or getting loud at the airport would lead to arrests.
A silent protest is staged at Tampa International Airport. Leaders are not wearing masks due to the increased risk of arrest.
There were no arrests at any of the demonstration sites.