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By Chris Bowers:
As a local official continues to dismiss arrest warrants, the state of Tennessee is losing ground in its effort to evict Occupy Nashville.
Last Thursday, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s administration set new curfew and permit rules on the park where Occupy Nashville had been camping for three weeks:
Preparing to evict the Occupy Nashville protesters, the Haslam administration banned public demonstrations at Legislative Plaza without a permit today and imposed a 10 p.m. curfew on all the Capitol grounds. State officials vowed to enforce the new policy beginning tomorrow.
“Not tonight,” state spokeswoman Lola Potter tells Pith. “We’re just now announcing the policy after 1 o’clock in the afternoon, so we’re not going to enforce it today. […]
The new policy will force Occupy Nashville to ask for permits from state government each day to demonstrate. Protests will be allowed only between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Additionally, the new rules require a $65 daily fee for permits, making protest pay-to-play at the Tennessee state capitol.