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Atlanta police arrest Occupy Atlanta protestors

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Police arrested eight people connected to the Occupy Atlanta movement Thursday afternoon, while the protesters were on their way to a rally at the state Capitol.

The group of protestors marched through the Georgia State University Campus and then onto Courtland Street, where they blocked off the street to traffic. 

One of the protesters arrested by Atlanta police officers was Occupy Atlanta organizer Tim Franzen.

"Our mission is to show the world that you can evict a park but you can't evict an idea," Franzen told CBS Atlanta, as he was being arrested. "This is an idea and it's global."

Courtland Street was blocked off for about half an hour. Some Georgia State University students complained that they weren't able to get to class on time because of the blockade.

At 3:30 p.m. on the Capitol steps, people from all over Metro Atlanta are expected to rally to show "they are the 99 percent and are frustrated with a system that works for the top 1 percent instead of all Americans."

The rally is part of a nationwide day of action called "We are the 99 percent", and is being organized in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement taking place across the country.

"We are here today to demand that politicians in Washington stand up for the 99 percent and stop their assault on the American Dream," said Tariq Shakoor, one of the organizers of the event. "The big banks and corporations are reaping the benefits of an economy that only works for the 1 percent, while the rest of us have been left behind. It's time for Congress to start fighting for an economy that works for all of us, and not just the millionaires on Wall Street."

The nationwide day of action is being organized by MoveOn Councils in Atlanta, DeKalb, Gwinnett and Rockdale counties as part of the American Dream Movement.

In solidarity with local unions and as part of the National Day of Action called for by Occupy groups across the country, Occupy Atlanta will rally at 650 Ponce de Leon Ave. at 6 p.m. in order to call attention to Home Depot and Verizon Wireless.

"From lobbying against employee choice legislation to evicting senior citizens, Home Depot's values are not the kind to do business with," said Occupy Atlanta in a news release.

Early Thursday morning, over 30 people entered Freedom Park and erected tents and tarps, according to the release.

This is in addition to the ongoing occupation of the homeless shelter at Peachtree and Pine streets.

The shelter is under threat of eviction.

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