It’s been nearly a week since Governor Bill Haslam signed a law prohibiting unauthorized camping on government property. The measure was aimed squarely at Occupy Nashville protesters. A dedicated few are waiting to test law enforcement.
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A proposal to clear the Occupy Nashville protest off War Memorial Plaza comes up in a House subcommittee Wednesday. Occupiers have been camped on what is essentially the roof of the legislature’s main office building since October. But for some lawmakers the decision to clear the plaza is not a slam-dunk.
Anti-Wall Street protesters in Nashville woke up in soggy tents Tuesday morning to news that encampments from New York to Portland did not have such a peaceful night.
The state now wants the trespassing charges against anti-Wall Street protesters dropped. A spokesman for Governor Bill Haslam has announced he will ask the District Attorney to dismiss the misdemeanor citations.
The number of tents pitched on Legislative Plaza has continued to grow since a federal judge overruled a curfew for the state-owned space. But some of those setting up camp outside the capitol are not aligned with the Occupy Nashville protest. They’re homeless.
Attorneys representing the state of Tennessee quickly backed down from a curfew around the state capitol in federal court this afternoon. The judge said she would have made them anyway.
The ACLU is headed to federal court Monday afternoon trying to stop a curfew put in place for Legislative Plaza meant to disband anti-Wall Street protesters. State troopers have stopped enforcing the nighttime restrictions anyway, but their crackdown late last week has been an inadvertent recruiting tool for Occupy Nashville.
Protesters in Nashville aligned with the Occupy Wall Street movement are cheering because state troopers have stopped arresting curfew violators around the capitol. However, there are mixed emotions among demonstrators.
Protesters in Nashville aligned with the Occupy Wall Street movement are claiming a small victory. They continued to violate a new curfew, but Saturday night state troopers looked the other way.
Law enforcement officials are defending their overnight crackdown on protesters aligned with the Occupy Wall Street movement. Some had been camped out in front of the state capitol for three weeks. Others are activists who showed up just for the confrontation. In all, 29 were arrested and cited with criminal trespassing.
The state has issued new guidelines for the use of Legislative Plaza nearly three weeks after protesters began camping out there as part of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Effective immediately, permits will be required for gatherings outside the state capitol. And no one will be allowed to stay overnight.