|Updated: 4/25/2012 10:26 pm
||Published: 4/25/2012 2:33 pm
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Two days after receiving notice from the City of Little Rock that their permit now expires May 16, Occupy Little Rock protesters decided they won't announce their next move until they meet with the mayor.
Occupiers thought they had a meeting with Mayor Mark Stodola Wednesday afternoon, but when they got to City Hall, they found out they didn't have one scheduled. The City's spokesperson told FOX16 Wednesday that she wasn't aware of a meeting, so it appears to be a misunderstanding.
Little Rock's police chief informed protesters Monday night that they'd have to leave their current location by 7 a.m. May 16 to make room for Riverfest buses. Their original permit, issued six month ago, was open-ended.
"We told him (the police chief) about a site we had just learned about a few hours earlier, and he left to go look at it right then," says Occupy Little Rock member Greg Deckelman.
The group already has new spots in mind, but won't tell us where they are until the group decides consensus style which to pursue.
"We are exceptionally committed to non-violence. Our relationship with the city and with the police department has been exemplary, and we're proud of that," says Deckelman.
So how does the group feel about the new deadline to leave the parking lot at Fourth and Ferry?
"A little surprised. We were due on Wednesday to meet with the Mayor with some new options. And so, why did the permit come two days earlier than that?" asks Deckelman.
Occupiers told FOX16 Wednesday night that they hope to meet with the mayor Thursday or Friday, and they are not worried about the situation. They could announce their next location Saturday night at their General Assembly meeting, but if they meet with the mayor Thursday, they could call a special meeting before the weekend.
Thursday night, OLR Is holding a fundraiser where you can throw a pie at an Occu"pie"r for a dollar at Canvas Community Church in downtown Little Rock from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Or you can buy a pie for $9.99, the price chosen to represent the 99-percent.