|Updated: 5/15/2012 11:18 am
||Published: 5/14/2012 10:38 pm
LITTLE ROCK, AR – Occupy Little Rock delayed taking legal action against the city until at least Tuesday at 5pm, 14 hours before police plan to evict the group from the camp.
The campsite must be vacated by 7am Wednesday. Group members say they don’t want to sue the city over the eviction, but if they can’t negotiate a new campsite or delay the eviction, that’s just what they might do.
“That’s a high probability,” said occupy spokesperson Greg Deckleman. “If we are given another spot that’s city property for us to leave off of here, in a reasonable length of time, then there wont’ be any arrests.”
Occupy Little Rock says members of their camp will still be present past the deadline. They even plan to bring coffee and doughnuts for the officers who will be on hand to arrest them for their failure to vacate. Deckleman says that if no extension is given and members are arrested, they will be “peaceful arrests.”
The current location of the occupy camp is by the downtown Post Office. But the city needs that lot back in time for Riverfest. The group hopes to move down the road to a piece of public land at the corner of Daisy Bates and Commerce, by MacArthur Park on the south side of I-630.
OLR says it has applied for a new permit Monday afternoon for the new campsite. It also wants to start a 2nd campsite on private land owned by a not yet revealed community group.
“The private thing is going to be in conjunction with a lot of community groups that this organization does. We’re talking with them and so they’re anxious and the neighborhood that they’re in is anxious for us to be there,” said Deckleman.