Several “Occupy” protests across the country encountered major police crackdowns late Tuesday evening. From Oakland to Albuquerque, Tucson, Baltimore, Atlanta, Tampa and Orlando, the occupations are under siege.
Also popping up on the national scene was police action at “Occupy Atlanta,” where around 50 protesters were arrested after authorities warned the crowd at Woodruff Park to leave. Protesters sang “We Shall Overcome” as police walked or dragged them out of the park. Among the protestors arrested was State Sen. Vincent Fort (D), who called the police action “overkill.”
“He’s using all these resources. This is the most peaceful place in Georgia,” Fort told a local CBS affiliate, referring to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, who was planning to revoke the permit allowing the protestors to stay. “At the urging of the business community, he’s moving people out. Shame on him.”
Previously, protesters had been allowed to leave their stuff in the park when asked to leave from 11 P.M to 6 A.M. Police removed food, generators, supplies, and even an American flag.
“It’s incredibly frustrating,” said Amy Ritter, an “Occupy Orlando” protester. “We’re obviously out here occupying for significant change, and it’s very important that we maintain a presence. Right now, every day, the rules change. Sometimes we’re allowed to keep materials here, and then all of a sudden, they come in and give us 20 minutes to move everything off property.”
And protesters at “Occupy Baltimore” are bracing for a showdown with police on Wednesday night after City Hall officials decided on Tuesday that camping in the public plaza downtown would no longer be tolerated .
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