Occupy Nashville protestors vacate Legislative Plaza - WKRN News 2

Occupy Nashville protestors vacate Legislative Plaza

Posted: Updated: March 9, 2012 09:09 AM CST
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A lone tent remained at Nashville's Legislative Plaza early Friday morning after a law to evict campers went into effect overnight.

Everyone but Christopher Humphrey removed their tents from in front of the state Capitol before the deadline of Midnight Thursday arrived.

"[The movement] has given a voice to people and let them know that we have these grievances and these concerns," Humphrey told Nashville's News 2.

As dawn broke on Friday, a state trooper was at the plaza, but had made no move to arrest Humphrey.

The Occupy encampment in Nashville began last October.

The Legislature last month passed a statute prohibiting camping on state property that is not specifically designated for it.

Governor Bill Haslam signed the bill into law and the Occupy campers were given a seven-day warning on March 2.

State troopers raided the encampment in late October and made 55 arrests, but Haslam ordered the charges dropped when Nashville courts refused to jail the protesters.

Violators of the new law, known as the Equal Access to Public Property Act, face a fine of up to $2,500 fine and one year in prison.

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