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Occupy Oklahoma City Now Facing Eviction

Press Release   •   Nov 29, 2011 04:32 EST

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Call Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett (405-297-2424 - email mayor@okc.gov) and voice your opposition to the eviction of this peaceful expression of free speech!

The coordinated crackdown on free speech continues. While Occupations in Los Angeles and Philadelphia are still holding strong (as of 11pm EST) and Washingtonians are occupying their State Capitol, the encampment at Occupy Oklahoma City is now under threat of eviction.

City officials declined to renew a permit application and announced that overnight encampment will no longer be "tolerated" at Kerr Park, where the Occupation is currently centered. Officials also stated that the Occupiers will not be granted a permit at any other location. OccupyOKC had previously been paying $55 per day for the permit. After the city refused to accept payment for a renewal, the police department told the Occupiers in a letter to expect eviction between 11 p.m. to 5 a.m tonight. Several Occupiers have stated they are prepared to be arrested nonviolently.

During the Black Friday national day of action against consumerism, several Occupy OKC members were arrested inside a Walmart. Occupy OKC participants used the people's mic inside to show support for employees who had to work that day. Police allegedly over-responded, tackling protesters and using force against the peaceful disruption.

Updates:

  • 12:32am EST: Police are beginning to surround the park.
  • 12:20am EST: Twenty minutes past the 11pm CST eviction deadline, at least fifty people reported in the park. No sign of police yet.