A Saturday report indicted that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed ordered the Occupy Atlanta protesters to vacate Robert W. Woodruff Park, but a spokeswoman for the mayor says no such order was ever issued, ajc.com reported.
Reed on Monday said the protesters could stay in the park until the adjournment of the next city council meeting on Nov. 7, saying in a statement that “civil disobedience is an appropriate form of expression, provided that it is peaceful, non-violent and lawful.”
However, the mayor at the time said protesters could be asked to leave the park if conditions change, the mayor said.
As word spread Saturday that an eviction might be imminent, Occupy Atlanta supporters took to Twitter to ask the mayor not to throw out the protesters.
“Mr. Mayor, #OccupyAtlanta is working towards a more fair and just world. Evicting them is a threat to freedom and justice,” one person tweeted.
Another person tweeted: “#OccupyAtlanta is a peaceful protest. There’s still opportunity to resolve issues w/o arrest.”
Meanwhile, a hip-hop festival scheduled for Saturday at the park was canceled because promoters did not have the appropriate paperwork, The Associated Press reported.