UPDATE; The bill to evict Occupy Nashville from the State Legislative Grounds was signed into law by governor Bill Haslam last week, going into effect as of midnight last night. According to last night's news, there were about 70 some odd tents on legislative plaza when the Occupy Movement started, dwindling down to just 12 tents as of late, with only 2 tent owners stating that they would stay in spite of the law.
However, that was late last night when I got off work. According to the news this morning, there is only ONE protestor left.
Posted: Mar 09, 2012 5:09 AM CST
Updated: Mar 09, 2012 6:48 AM CST
Reported by Carley Gordon - email
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV-AP) -
The eviction notice to remove protesters from Legislative Plaza under a new state law went into effect at midnight, and it appears most of the people from Occupy Nashville have left.
At 6:30 a.m., a lone protester, Christopher Humphrey, maintained his vigil at the Occupy Nashville camp on Legislative Plaza.
Everyone else packed up their tents in front of the state Capitol before the deadline.
As dawn broke on Friday, a state trooper was at the plaza, but had made no move to arrest Humphrey.
The protesters were given a seven-day notice to remove their campsites last Friday and members of the group said Thursday the state could start enforcing the law starting after midnight.
Jason Steen, a protester, said the law that was designed to evict Occupy Nashville affects anyone who is homeless in Tennessee.
The number of tents at the plaza dwindled, but several remained on Thursday. However, overnight, the last remaining protesters packed up their belongings.
Violators can face up to a year in jail or a fine of up to $2,500 or both.
Protesters in Murfreesboro face charges
A Rutherford County judge said Thursday that prosecutors can pursue charges against Occupy Murfreesboro protesters.
In December, some of the protesters were cited by police for camping on the city's Civic Plaza.
Attorneys for the protesters argued that the city's ordinance is unconstitutional, but in a ruling Thursday, the judge upheld the city rule.
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