Occupy Atlanta kicked off officially in downtown Atlanta on Friday, October 7, with about 200 people gathering at Woodruff Park, or “Troy Davis Park,” as it has been renamed by the occupiers. Congressman and civil rights movement leader John Lewis visited the rally on the first day, but the General Assembly voted to not allow him to speak during the assembly on the grounds that no voice should be given precedence over any other, an incident that has caused quite some controversy.
Atlanta police did not confront the protesters over the weekend, but, according to protesters, on Monday evening a significant number of police officers surrounded Woodruff Park. “There were only about eighty of us,” says a protester, “so we started to call and text our friends to come and join us. By the time when more police arrived, we had more than 400 people. And [the police] ran away.”
Victory like this, however, will probably come with a much higher price for the occupiers in the near future. Mayor Kasim Reed gave occupiers until next Monday to vacate the park, after he returns from DC, where he will give a speech at the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Perfect timing.
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