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Occupy Atlanta protesters in court after police make more than 50 arrests

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Occupy Atlanta protestors vow to keep fighting even though police evicted them from Woodruff Park and threw them in jail.

Police arrested 52 protestors early Wednesday morning after Mayor Kasim Reed rescinded his executive order allowing them to stay in the park despite a ban on overnight camping.

A judge Wednesday afternoon granted the protestors signature bonds that allow them to leave jail without having to pay bail.

Police arrested Misty Novitch after she refused to leave the park. She said the protestors have a right to be there. "We peacefully protesting," Novitch said. "It should be a public park. It should be free to all of us."  

Demonstrators camped out for nearly three weeks, protesting corporate greed, home foreclosures and high unemployment.

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The mayor steadily lost patience as tensions rose on both sides.

The tipping point came last weekend after what the mayor called an illegal concert in the park and a verbal confrontation between his spokeswoman and the protestors.

"We were doing everything we could for the past two weeks to be respectful of the protestors," Reed said.

Mawuli Davis, one of the many attorneys representing the protestors, said the demonstrators were within their constitutional rights. "They were exercising their first amendment rights," Davis said. "That First Amendment right is protected at 11:01, 11:02, midnight, even in the city of Atlanta, even in the park."

Woodruff Park remained closed Wednesday night.

Protestors have not said if they would try to go back into the park.

Reed estimated Occupy Atlanta had cost the city at least $300,000, most of it going toward security. He said the city would begin assessing how much damage had been done to Woodruff Park Wednesday.

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