Mayor Kasim Reed says protesters are damaging the green space and violating a city ordinance.
As the Occupy Wall Street protest transforms into a national cause that has taken root in hundreds of cities across the U.S., there is one place where protesters will no longer be welcome: The ATL.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed issued an executive order Wednesday giving protesters five days to vacate the six acres of Atlanta’s Woodruff Park, where Occupy Atlanta activists have pitched 50 tents and set up camp.
"I am committed to protecting the public and ensuring that the laws of the city are respected. I will not allow public safety to be jeopardized in any way by the protesters," he said. "So far, all of their actions have been peaceful and nonviolent. Therefore, at 5 p.m. today, I issued an executive order that allows Occupy Atlanta to legally remain in Woodruff Park until the adjournment of the Atlanta City Council meeting on Monday, October 17, 2011."
Reed had said on Monday that he supported Occupy Atlanta's goals of fighting corporate greed and for social justice, telling a local television station: "I'm really OK with it because I think the country needs more passion, and it needs a big fight."
The group, an offshoot of the popular Occupy Wall Street protests in New York City, took up residence at the park on Friday.
A spokesperson for Occupy Atlanta told the AJC that they plan to ignore Reed’s order and said that activists are willing to be arrested. The group is protesting corporate greed and various other progressive causes.
What do you think: Should Occupy Atlanta be allowed to remain in the park indefinitely?
(Photo: UPI/Erik S. Lesser/LANDOV)