Occupy Albuquerque | UNM Administration provides a “compromise” | #occupyburque
UNM will open the park from 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM, Monday through Friday, and 11:00 AM to 3 PM Saturday and Sunday.
During the past month, the group had originally set up a 24-hour camp, only to be raided in the middle of the night by the state police and forced out to the sidewalk. Occupy Albuquerque then set up a fully functional day camp including a kitchen, clothing donations, announcement boards, literature, amongst many other useful items. GA was held regularly every evening at 6 PM. Just recently, though, UNM denied the renewal of the day permit thus banning all protesting and any organizing at Yale Park on the UNM Campus. The camp was completely taken down and removed. Several refused to leave the park on Tuesday night, and approximately 30 individuals were arrested. In the early hours of the morning, the local APD used pepper spray on those that were still protesting in the streets. Currently, occupiers still picket on the sidewalk, and hold the nightly GA meeting within this narrow space as well.
Since UNM could not deny one group access to the park, yet allow other non-related students, staff, and visitors, the administration ended up banning the park from ALL activity.
The local ACLU filed an injunction against UNM, and yesterday UNM provided a compromise – which in all reality, technically was not a compromise. A compromise is a “meeting of the minds.” There was no such activity. UNM simply told the group what they were allowed to do. But, hey, it’s a step in the right direction. Rome was not built in a day.
However, currently the group does not have a permit, which is still required to protest, and here is the footage of what will happen should anyone from the group step foot on Yale Park:
Here are photos on last nights (October 28th) GA Meeting – on the narrow sidewalk, and make note of the campus police all hovering in the background to keep all people off of the park. Today, a funeral procession has been arranged honoring the death of our First Amendment Rights to Free Speech and Peaceful Assembly.