Protesters Vow High Noon Occupation at Tennessee Homeland Security Offices

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Update (High Noon): A half dozen sign-waving protesters are trooping up to Tennessee Towers now. They say they will grow in number through the day, then hold their nightly general assembly there at 7 o'clock (complete with wiggly fingers and the People's microphone). After which, they will retreat to their cozy encampment at the plaza. But the occupation is leaderless, so who knows what will happen? "If they want to spy on us, we will do our thing right in front of them to make it easy for them," one ebullient protester told Pith on his way to Tennessee Towers.

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Occupy Nashville is setting its sights on a new encampment: Protesters say they will occupy the little patch of grass at the downtown Tennessee Towers state office building at high noon today. In a press release, the protesters say they will act "in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world" who have been rousted from their camps.

"The 25th floor of the Tennessee Towers houses the local source of these atrocious violations of our rights: the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security," the protesters say, adding that the duration of this occupation "is yet to be determined." From the presser:

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan admitted recently to a conference call with 18 other cities to collectively organize these evictions, and we believe these actions were supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Our occupation of the Tennessee Towers courtyard is designed to bring attention to the attempts by homeland security to limit our freedoms and violate our rights, treating peaceful protesters the same as violent criminals or terrorists. ...

Occupy Nashville remains committed to maintaining our presence on Legislative Plaza, to bring attention to the corrupting influence of corporate money on our political processes, and we condemn attempts by the state and federal government to create an Orwellian society by persecuting law-abiding citizens who choose to exercise their constitutional rights of free speech and assembly. We are the 99%.

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