Woodruff Park remained quiet and empty early Wednesday morning after Atlanta police reclaimed the park, arresting 53 Occupy Atlanta protesters after multiple warnings.Anyone notice a pattern of Democrat mayors in Democrat cities cracking down on these Democrat protesters?
Organizers had urged protesters who were not arrested to return to the park at 6 a.m., but there were none in the park at 7:30. About two dozen Atlanta police officers remained on the perimeter of the park, which was surrounded by 4-foot metal barricades.
Mayor Kasim Reed told reporters more than 100 officers were involved in the operation to clear the park, adding the protests, which started more than two weeks ago, had cost the city roughly $300,000.
Officers swarmed the park around 12:45 a.m. The arrests were orderly and peaceful, though some of the protesters had to dragged out. By 1:30 a.m. the park had been cleared and by 2 a.m. onlookers and demonstrators who watched from the perimeter had largely dispersed as police maintained a significant presence downtown.
The irony has escaped most media.