A man who identified himself as an Occupy Little Rock protester handcuffed himself to a railing in front of the state Capitol on Tuesday.

A man who identified himself as an Occupy Little Rock protester handcuffed himself to a railing in front of the state Capitol on Tuesday.

State Capitol police officers used bolt cutters to cut the handcuffs off because the protester said he did not have a key, said Alex Reed, spokesman for the secretary of state’s office. The protester, identified as Luke Flowers of Conway, was not arrested.

Reed said Flowers was among four people who sat on the steps of the east promenade of the Capitol along Woodlane Drive shortly after 10 a.m. Flowers then handcuffed his wrist to a hand rail.

State Capitol officers approached the group and told Flowers he could protest, but that he had to remove the handcuffs. Instead, Flowers demanded to speak with state and local officials.

“They said they were making a statement,” Reed said, adding one of the protesters was carrying a sign.

Flowers eventually told the officers he did not have the key to the cuffs, and an officer later used a bolt cutter to remove the cuffs. The protesters left the area within an hour, Reed said.

The Occupy movement originally formed in New York to protest corporate greed and economic inequality on Wall Street. It quickly spread to demonstrations in a number of other cities, including downtown Little Rock on Oct. 15.

The protesters originally pitched tents near the Clinton Presidential Library, but on Oct. 25 police persuaded them to move to a parking lot owned by the city near the downtown post office. More than 30 protesters continue to occupy the site.