Occupation Comes to a Halt–For Now

This morning at around midnight a plane circled ominously over Monroe Park. As occupiers were discussing tactics on a police invasion, upwards of twenty RPD and VCU police vehicles surrounded the park.

A megaphone blared, with the police referencing City code–we were once again reminded that City parks close after dark and we were given 15 minutes to vacate the premises. What followed was a flurry of mass phone calls and text messages to our allies for support, personal belongings of those willing to be arrested were gathered and contact phone numbers were written on arms in sharpie.

With the exception of one person, those that refused to leave the occupation within the 15 minutes were detained. Eight of us have been detained for not identifying ourselves to the police.

Spotlights were brought out as news teams took down their stories. People in hazmat suits removed the latrine as a bulldozer leveled our structures. Other occupiers that were called in from elsewhere and our allies stood and watched as the encampment that we have called home for 10 days was hauled away in dump trucks.

We are currently awaiting word from five of the eight people, and one has already been released. We will know more as the day progresses.

We are unsure if bail will be necessary. Any and all donations to our bail fund would be appreciated. Call (804) 303-5449 or email monroeparkoccupation@gmail.com to donate. More updates to come.

Occupy everything!

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  1. […] Police clear out Monroe Park protesters Around 20 cop cars along with fire trucks pulled up to Monroe Park late Wednesday night with the intention of clearing out protests that have taken place all week long. This morning at around midnight a plane circled ominously over Monroe Park. As occupiers were discussing tactics on a police invasion, upwards of twenty RPD and VCU police vehicles surrounded the park. […]

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