Protesters Arrested on Occupy Atlanta 'Day of Action'
Eight Occupy Atlanta protesters were arrested Thursday afternoon on their way past Georgia State University to the Capitol for a rally.
Inspired by Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Atlanta organizers held a General Assembly meeting to decide to camp out indefinitely at Troy Davis Park. According to Deputy Chief Renee Propes of the Atlanta Police Department, six men and two women were taken into custody on charges of obstruction around 2:30 p.m.
Students at Georgia State University were afraid to cross the street to get where they are going because police had told them they would be arrested if they entered the roadway.
Organizers said beforehand that they planned to "turn the Courtland Street Bridge into a block party." They had also planned to rally at 6 p.m. in front of an Atlanta strip mall. They say that rally is against policies adopted by those companies and is in solidarity with local unions. The movement was part of national day of action called for by Occupy groups across the country.
Occupy groups in cities around the country planned actions on Thursday as they called for a national day of action, with hundreds marching in New York and Los Angeles.