After a very emotional today on the UNM campus, President Schmidly officially denied the permit to allow the Occupy Albuquerque protesters to remain on campus. Just a short while ago, State Representative Brian F. Egolf, Jr. penned a letter to President Schmidly requesting that he allow the protesters to remain on campus. Reply from Schmidly has not yet been received at the time of posting.
Occupy Albuquerque has been functioning a base camp, called Coyote Camp, on the UNM campus since October 1st. Initially the camp set up on the corner of University and Central, but UNM granted a permit to move Coyote Camp to it’s current location at Yale Park on the corner of Central and Yale.
Today, however, Occupy Albuquerque, aka (un)Occupy Albuquerque, has been informed that UNM will deny their right of free speech and not renew the permit, which allowed local protesters to function from 7 AM to 10 PM.
We have seen many of the letters on the internet of the 99% speaking out. Well here is a video of man of the 99% speaking out. I took this footage/interview of a man who wanted to provide his insight to the state of the economy. This was recorded at the Occupy Albuquerque Coyote Camp. More…
In the wee hours of the morning on Monday, October 10th, shortly after midnight, the New Mexico state police raided the Occupy Albuquerque camp and evicted the protesters to the sidewalk for the night. Due to some miscommunication with UNM, the wrong permit had been filed and campus could not be occupied past 10 PM. The group had been camped out for over a week, and in constant communication occurred with all pertinent parties, but UNM and the police decided they needed to move the campers in the middle of a dead sleep.
Shorty after midnight, in the wee hours of the morning on Monday, October 10th, 2011, a large amount of New Mexico State Police appeared from no where in complete riot gear, paddy wagons, and K9 dogs to order the Occupy Albuquerque protesters from their camp.
Occupy Albuquerque set up camp, now called Coyote Camp, last Saturday, Oct. 1st, on the UNM (University of New Mexico) campus on the corner of University and Central Ave. During the past week, the campers have received permission to remain on campus, but needed to relocate to another area due to the elderly trees in the vicinity of the original camp. The move was peaceful, and the new location actually adds more visibility for the protesters. Today, Occupy Albuquerque combined efforts with an Anti-War protest as they marched down Central Ave. The local Albuquerque Police Department maintained decorum and actually assisted with traffic control as the march led on. Once the march returned to Coyote Camp, the police arrived and arrested an individual. However, once back at Coyote Camp, the police arrived and arrested an individual. I was not present during the alleged incident and cannot confirm the validity of the news report within this post.
This is a peaceful protest and the actions of one individual, if true as stated in the news footage below, should not reflect upon the group as a whole.
If the alleged incident is NOT true, then this only adds more support to the reasons the 99% are protesting.