O4W: Occupy Atlanta occupies MLK historic site | News
ATLANTA -- After being kicked out of Woodruff Park just days ago, Occupy Atlanta settled near the MLK historic site Thursday night.
Protestors initially tried to occupy a football field near Irwin and Jackson streets, near Ebenezer Baptist Church on Thursday because they thought the jurisdiction of the field was federal property. A parks commissioner confirmed it was city property, and protestors were ordered to leave.
With the sound of police helicopters overhead, Occupy Atlanta members headed to the Martin Luther King, Jr. historic site, which is federal property.
They spent the night at the foot of a Gandhi statue.
The National Park Service said they would have to before the park opened Friday morning. The group plans to camp out at a new spot Friday night.
State Rep. Nan Orrock (D-Dist. 36) told 11Alive's Keith Whitney something needs to be done to listen to the group's grievances. City Council Member Kwanza Hall was also on scene trying to help reach an agreement.
More than 50 protestors were arrested early Wednesday morning after refusing to leave Woodruff Park. The park finally reopened Thursday.
Since then, the future of the movement has been in question.