There have been 5,425 arrests at Occupy Wall Street protests in 94 cities as of December 12, according to a collection of news reports conducted by St. Pete for Peace, an Occupy-affiliated group from St. Petersburg, Fla.
The most arrests occurred in Los Angeles, New York City, Tucson and Chicago. St. Pete for Peace says its list represents “a running total of the number of Occupy protesters arrested around the U.S. since the Occupy Wall Street movement began on Sept. 17, 2011.” The group says it only tracks “confirmed arrests.”
According to its website, St. Pete for Peace believes “occupations in Afghanistan/Iraq must end immediately; drone strikes in Yemen, Somalia, Libya and Pakistan create enemies, Israel’s military occupation of Palestine is a crime” and “immigrants are not ‘illegal.’” The group also supports “economic justice for the homeless/poor, equal rights for LGBT” and “solidarity with the Arab revolutions.”
Citing the amount of violence among the Occupy movement, Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn told The Daily Caller that the tea party movement should not be compared to Occupy. (RELATED: Full coverage of Occupy Wall Street)
And in an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller, Texas Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison also said there is no comparison between the two groups.