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Occupy Atlanta protesters plan to return to Woodruff Park

Occupy Atlanta protesters in Woodruff Park

Despite being forcefully removed from Atlanta's downtown Woodruff Park, Occupy Atlanta protesters plan to return to the park on Nov. 5, 2011, according to the group's website. The move comes after the Atlanta Police Department, on orders from Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, arrested some 53 protesters for refusing to vacate the park in the early morning hours of Oct. 26 after Reed revoked an executive order which allowed the protesters to remain in the park beyond the city's 11 p.m. curfew for parks.

Calling the movement's participants “the new world,” organizers say their message will not be silenced by the APD or the threat of more arrests. A message posted on the Occupy Atlanta website today states:

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We are the 99 percent, too

Occupy Wall Street protesters at Mayor Reed's press conference

Early Wednesday morning, the Atlanta Police Department, acting on orders from Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, arrested 53 Occupy Atlanta protesters who defiantly remained in the city's Woodruff Park beyond an 11 p.m. curfew.

During an early morning press conference, Reed said that the city was forced to take action against the protesters after Occupy Atlanta organizers attempted to host a free hip-hop concert in Woodruff Park over the weekend without a proper security plan.

When Reed announced Oct. 24 a reversal of his earlier order allowing protesters to remain in Woodruff Park beyond the 11 p.m. curfew for the city's parks, activists accused the mayor of misrepresenting the reasons for booting the protesters.

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Police arrest Occupy Atlanta protesters, activists vow to return

Atlanta police officers arrest an Occupy Atlanta protester

Early Wednesday morning, the Atlanta Police Department, acting on orders from Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, arrested 53 Occupy Atlanta protesters who defiantly remained in the city's Woodruff Park beyond an 11 p.m. curfew.

During an early morning press conference, Reed said that the city was forced to take action against the protesters after Occupy Atlanta organizers attempted to host a free hip-hop concert in Woodruff Park over the weekend without a proper security plan.

When Reed announced Oct. 24 a reversal of his earlier order allowing protesters to remain in Woodruff Park beyond the 11 p.m. curfew for the city's parks, activists accused the mayor of misrepresenting the reasons for booting the protesters.

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Atlanta mayor to kick OWS protesters out of Woodruff Park

Rabbi Joshua Lesser at City Hall

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced this afternoon that he was reneging on his promise to allow Occupy Wall Street protesters freedom to remain in Atlanta's Woodruff Park until early November.

During a press conference at City Hall, Reed said that events over the weekend led to his decision to revoke his previous executive order. A two-day hip-hop concert, called Atlanta Hip-Hop Day Free Concert Festival, was scheduled to be held in Woodruff Park on Oct. 23-24, but organizers failed to provide the city with an adequate security plan, according to the mayor. The use of a power generator without a permit was also a cause to shut down the event, Reed added.

Around a half-dozen Occupy Atlanta protesters were present during the often-heated press conference. OWS Atlanta members shouted several times that Reed was lying or fabricating his reasons for the eviction.