Mayor extends deadline for Occupy Atlanta protestors - CBS46 News

Mayor extends deadline for Occupy Atlanta protestors

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

Occupy Atlanta protestors can stay in Woodruff Park for at least three more weeks.

Mayor Kasim Reed extended his executive order, originally scheduled to expire Monday, through Nov. 7, when city council convenes for its next regularly scheduled meeting.

The order means protestors do not have to uproot the tents they moved into the park Oct. 7.

Click here to read the Mayor's statement.

Many of the hundreds of demonstrators camped out had said they were prepared to go to jail if the mayor had not extended the order.

"We will put our bodies on the line and we will not be moved," said Tim Franzen, a protest organizer.  "We are ready to get arrested!"

Occupy Atlanta is heading into its second week in solidarity with the occupy movements that have now spread around the world. Demonstrators are protesting a laundry list of issues, including corporate greed, high unemployment and home foreclosures.

Councilman Kwanza Hall, who represents the area surrounding the park, said he would like to reach a compromise with the demonstrators and move the protest to the hallowed ground of civil disobedience.

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