Occupy Nashville Wins "Temporary" Victory

Nov 2, 2011

          The state of Tennessee has agreed, at least temporarily, to stop enforcing a new curfew used to dislodge Occupy Nashville protesters from the grounds around the Tennessee Capitol.

          The protesters went to federal court yesterday seeking a temporary restraining order against Gov. Bill Haslam saying the curfew and arrests of dozens of supporters violated their rights to free speech and freedom of assembly.

          Protesters were represented in court by the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee.

          In a news conference this morning, Governor Haslam did not admit defeat or to any mistake.

          According to WSMV-TV, Haslam insisted his motivation was for the safety of Tennesseans visiting the Capital Grounds, and noted that the restraining order is only temporary.

          The two sides will be back in court November 21st.