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Friday, October 7, 2011

Occupy Atlanta has begun in Woodruff Park


The Atlanta spin-off of what's becoming a nationwide protest against corporate greed, income inequality and other social issues has set up camp in Woodruff Park to advocate for "economic democracy."

The crowd, which one source estimated at approximately 150 people, voted shortly before 10 p.m. to "occupy" the downtown greenspace to show solidarity with the Wall Street protesters who kicked off the rallies more than 20 days ago. More than 400 hundred people gathered at the downtown greenspace earlier this evening to plan such an occupation.

Woodruff Park, like all city-owned parks, closes at 11 p.m. Atlanta Police officers appeared on the scene around 11:20 p.m. An APD spokesman tells CL via email:

We're just monitoring — as we do with many public gatherings — to ensure safety of all involved; protestors and citizens alike.

To follow tweets from the event, click here. The event is being livestreamed, which we've embedded below. There's no telling how long the friendly cameraman or woman will continue to broadcast the occupation. But here ya go...






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Send us your photos of Occupy Atlanta to be added to our gallery, send them to Joeff.davis@cln.com

NOTE: This post has been updated to note the protesters' decision to occupy Woodruff Park and to include an APD spokesman's comments.

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