“Occupy Albuquerque” protesters to pack up UNM camp
By: Heather Mills
Corporate greed protesters, “Occupy Albuquerque,” are waiting to hear if their overnight permit to camp out on the University of New Mexico campus has been accepted.
As of Monday night, the group has an outdoor permit that allows for them to occupy Yale Park from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
A spokesman for the group told KOB Eyewitness News 4 they were planning to leave the premises and that their goal is to follow the rules and not disobey UNM.
“We anticipate the police arriving after 10p.m. when the permit expires, but as a group we decided that no one is going to sit and get trespassing or whatever charge tonight. That’s going to be at their own risk, but as a whole, we’re not doing that tonight,” said protester Hani Barghout.
Barghout was arrested during a protest Saturday. The protesters marched into a bank and a Walmart. Police said some of them spit on employees
The group plans on asking the Board of Regents to accept their overnight permit at an 11:30 a.m. meeting Tuesday. I
n the meantime, the Center for Peace and Justice offered their parking lot for protesters to sleep Monday night, allowing them to return to campus at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday.
Occupy ABQ asked to leave UNM overnight
UNM says no one can camp out past 10 p.m.
by David Romero
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – UNM and New Mexico State Police peacefully removed the protest group, Occupy Albuquerque, from the campus early Monday morning around midnight. The local group has been protesting problems on Wall Street over the last two weeks while on UNM Campus.
The group temporarily relocated down the street to Albuquerque Peace and Justice Center but returned to campus later in the morning.
The protestors had been required to fill out a permit to maintain their presence on campus, but according to UNM representatives they filled out the wrong one.
Karen Wentworth from the University’s Office of Public Affairs says the forms are available online and the group should have filled out the one for outdoor activities. Either way, UNM policy does not allow anyone or any groups to camp out on school grounds after 10 p.m. An Occupy Albuquerque representative said they were aware of the policy, but said they stayed past 10 to continue to occupy the area and stand their ground.
The group says they will be hold meetings throughout Monday and also hope to meet with UNM representatives as to what will happen on Monday night.
On saturday, their peaceful protest turned disruptive when one of the members was arrested for allegedly spitting on people in a bank and at a Wal Mart.
UNM the perfect spot for Occupy Albuquerque
For thousands of years universities and public spaces have been the natural ground for the expression and debate of philosophical and political ideas.
It was so in the Greece of Socrates and Plato, it was what brought light to the Dark Ages, and it has always been the safest environment to move us forward in the world of ideas.
Since Saturday, a group of people have been meeting on the corner of Central Avenue and University Boulevard. The location was chosen over other options partly because of its central location and traffic, but also because many of us feel at home on UNM’s grounds as current or former students.
We placed ourselves away from classrooms and main corridors on campus to allow normal campus life to continue while offering and encouraging everyone in the institution to share their ideas. We have also presented our commitment to UNMPD to maintain a drug- and alcohol-free environment, promote non-violence, respect the property and work with them to promote public safety.
The exponential growth of the assembling group is proof that Albuquerque residents are in need of a space like this to express their social concerns and contribute solutions. The general assembly has already debated and voted on a number of proposals, and there are more coming every day. We thank the support of students, teachers and neighbors and encourage their participation.
While it is out of the question that UNM belongs to all of New Mexico’s tax payers, we acknowledge UNM’s administration of the campus and are happy that it is allowing this public debate to take place on UNM premises.
We want to thank the UNM community for unofficially letting us stay on the beautiful hill of the southwest corner of UNM.
Former ASUNM Senator