The Occupy movement has spread to Gainesville, Florida, with protesters converging upon the recently-renamed Bo Diddley Plaza to address their concerns peacefully. The local police arrived, however, and ordered the group of 70 protesters to leave. Thirty stayed, with most being subsequently arrested – including Bo Diddley’s oldest son.
Sporting a sign reading ‘HOPE ISN’T JUST FOR PRESIDENTS’ Bo Diddley Jr.’s arrest was caught on tape. Occupiers, including Diddley, were processed on-site and released after being told not to return to the park. Diddley and others were charged with Trespassing In a Public Park After Hours. As quoted in the Gainesville Sun:
“They said if I go back in there, I’ll be arrested,” McDaniel said. “I’m not a vagrant. My father wasn’t a vagrant. If he was a vagrant, they wouldn’t have named this park after him. He didn’t raise no vagrants. He raised men. He raised me to stand up for what I believe, because he stood up for what he believed.”