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5 arrested at Occupy Atlanta protest

 Police make an arrest after Occupy Atlanta protestors and an officer clashed as he was driving through the crowd on a motorcycle Saturday, Nov. 5, 20...
 Protestors at left try to save a fellow protestor in the middle from arrest as police clear a downtown street during an Occupy Atlanta demonstration ...
 A protestor tries to get away as he's arrested by police after Occupy Atlanta protestors and an officer clashed as he was driving through the crowd o...
 A protestor is carried away past riot police after being arrested as they clear a downtown street during an Occupy Atlanta demonstration late Saturda...
 Police make an arrest at right after Occupy Atlanta protestors and an officer clashed as he was driving through the crowd on a motorcycle Saturday, N...
 Police make an arrest, center, after Occupy Atlanta protestors and an officer clashed as he was driving through the crowd on a motorcycle Saturday, N...

Occupy Atlanta

Police make an arrest after Occupy Atlanta protestors and an officer clashed as he was driving through the crowd on a motorcycle Saturday, Nov. 5, 20...

Occupy Atlanta

Protestors at left try to save a fellow protestor in the middle from arrest as police clear a downtown street during an Occupy Atlanta demonstration ...

Occupy Atlanta

A protestor tries to get away as he's arrested by police after Occupy Atlanta protestors and an officer clashed as he was driving through the crowd o...

Occupy Atlanta

A protestor is carried away past riot police after being arrested as they clear a downtown street during an Occupy Atlanta demonstration late Saturda...

Occupy Atlanta

Police make an arrest at right after Occupy Atlanta protestors and an officer clashed as he was driving through the crowd on a motorcycle Saturday, N...

Occupy Atlanta

Police make an arrest, center, after Occupy Atlanta protestors and an officer clashed as he was driving through the crowd on a motorcycle Saturday, N...

Five people were arrested early Monday around a downtown Atlanta park that has been a site of Wall Street protests, a day after 19 demonstrators were taken to jail by officers in riot gear when a rally spilled into the streets.
Atlanta police said one protester draped in an American flag inside Woodruff Park was arrested after refusing to leave by a Sunday night curfew, and four other people on bicycles were arrested near the park _ three for traffic violations and one for obstruction of a law enforcement officer.
The 23-year-old woman in the park was warned three times in English and Spanish to leave before she was arrested, police spokesman Carlos Campos said. At the time, dozens more demonstrators chanting slogans like "We're hungry! We're poor! What are you wasting our money for?" stood behind barricades surrounding the park, where police had warned they would enforce an 11 p.m. curfew. Occupy Atlanta organizer Tim Franzen said having one person protesting was just as powerful as several.
Anti-Wall Street protesters across the country have been arrested in recent weeks, most for curfew violations. Some of the most intense confrontations between demonstrators and police have been in Oakland, California, where two Iraq War veterans have been hurt in separate clashes with officers.
The Atlanta group held its general assembly meeting earlier in the evening, then marched back to the downtown park. Police spokesman Carlos Campos said officers were watching. Police issued three warnings to leave the park. Usually after the third, they have moved in to make arrests.
"We're just waiting to see if we need to enforce any laws and we stand ready to do so," Campos said.
Occupy Atlanta organizers earlier said they planned to again camp at the park, setting up yet another potential showdown with police and the mayor.
Nineteen people had been arrested Saturday on charges they refused to leave the park after curfew or blocked city roads, police said. Franzen said most got out of jail Sunday and that one other person charged with aggravated assault and obstruction likely won't be bailed out until sometime this week.
Before Saturday's 11 p.m. curfew, a crowd of several hundred protesters had set up tents at Woodruff Park, the scene of about 50 arrests of demonstrators last month. Organizers had said they planned to stay overnight despite warnings from the mayor and police that anyone there past closing would be arrested.
But as the deadline approached, protesters began decamping peacefully. Dozens of officers were on hand, herding protesters away from the park's entrances and installing barricades around it. A police helicopter flew overhead.
While most protesters left the park, a few people stayed behind. Many spilled onto Peachtree Street, a main city thoroughfare, blocking roads. An officer on a motorcycle, with its lights and siren turned on, drove into a crowd marching on the street.
Video of the incident appears to show two people pushing against the front of the motorcycle as the engine revs. A scuffle ensues when a third person intervenes, which leads to a sometimes tense confrontation between protesters and officers.
Police officers in riot gear and on horseback filled the street, warning protesters to stay on the sidewalk. The protesters shouted at the officers, chanting slogans such as, "Shame! Shame!" and "What about your pensions?" A small group yelled more insulting things like, "Put the pigs back in their sty, we the people occupy."
Sunday night, protesters chanted, "We're hungry. We're poor. What are you wasting our money for?" Franzen said Sunday that one protester manning the park is safer after what happened the night before.
Protesters began camping out in Woodruff Park on Oct. 7. Mayor Kasim Reed initially issued an executive order allowing them to stay overnight, but later revoked it after he said there were increasing security concerns.
"Mayor Reed was clear earlier this week in his public statements that the City of Atlanta would arrest any persons who violated the law," Police Chief George Turner said. The statement added warnings were issued over a loudspeaker repeatedly in English and Spanish before the latest arrests.


Updated : 2021-02-25 04:03 GMT+08:00