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Occupy Atlanta Told To Leave Woodruff Park

Group will have to leave by Monday

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is expected to issue an order at 5 p.m. Wednesday ordering Occupy Atlanta to leave Woodruff Park in Downtown by Monday.

"Mayor Reed plans to issue an Executive Order at 5 p.m. today allowing the protesters to remain in the park for 5 days," his spokeswoman, Sonji Jacobs, said in an e-mail to East Atlanta Patch.

Occupy Atlanta did not immediately answer an e-mail request for comment.

The group, which has been encamped in Woodruff Park since the evening of Oct. 7, is part of the national Occupy Wall St. movement, which aims to battle what is sees as corporate corruption and goverment failure among several other issues.

Occupy Atlanta's original permit  allowed them to stay in the park, which the group renamed Troy Davis —after the death row inmate executed last month — to stay until 11 p.m. Oct. 7.

But Occupy Atlanta remained.

On Tuesday, the group marched to Bank of America Plaza in Midtown.

Mello October 12, 2011 at 11:03 PM
Is this really the America you all are proud of? I don't agree with all of these people, but I damned well support their and any other peoples' right to protest on any public space for as long as they want. How anyone, regardless of your political views, can believe otherwise is beyond me.
tracy thigpen October 13, 2011 at 12:11 AM
I totaly agree. It is time for the American people to heard and supported by those whom are elected by us. It's time for them to do what's is best for all americans, not for their political agendas!
Péralte Paul (Editor) October 13, 2011 at 05:16 PM
Mello and Tracy: Many people agree with you, but there's a group that would say the rule of law has to be obeyed otherwise we'll descend into anarchy.
Mark Tinker October 13, 2011 at 10:23 PM
I'm with you, Peralte. By the aforementioned logic, all the homeless can move into Woodruff Park and stay as long as they want. They are of course protesting homelessness. I think that's a valid cause :)
Péralte Paul (Editor) October 14, 2011 at 04:48 AM
The irony is Woodruff Park has lots of homeless people living there permanently. The police have harassed them out of Centennial Olympic Park but leave 'em alone at Woodruff.
Ed Griffin October 14, 2011 at 12:32 PM
But Reed is evicting these citizens by executive order. He's making up the law as he goes along. This peaceful assembly is inconvenient for the bankster overlords.
Péralte Paul (Editor) October 14, 2011 at 02:31 PM
Ed: I've been there several times and they've been nothing but peaceful. But city codes has a permitting process for large assemblies in public spaces. Personally, I think the reason why they've been left alone is because no one really cares about Woodruff Park. The bigger tourist draw is Centennial. Plus, Downtown isn't the financial hub of the city: Midtown has the Fed and Buckhead has the Atlanta Financial Center.

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