By Matthew Reichbach
(Un)Occupy Albuquerque will be allowed to continue demonstrating at Yale Park for the next week — on a limited basis. The University of New Mexico granted a “limited” permit that gives protesters fewer hours of access to the park than before they were evicted from the park last Tuesday.
UNM announced that the (Un)Occupy Albuquerque protesters will be able to stay at Yale Park from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. from Tuesday, Nov. 1 to Friday, Nov. 4 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 5 and Sunday Nov. 6.
The permit does not allow food, electricity or amplified sound at the rallies.
The (Un)Occupy Albuquerque protesters have been at odds with the University of New Mexico leadership over the use of University property as a place to protest nearly since its inception.
The group, then called Occupy Albuquerque, initially chose the southwest corner of campus, on the corner of Central and University, as the location to camp out. After concerns from the university about the health of the trees in that area, the Occupy protesters moved to Yale Park, a historic home of protests going back decades. The protesters then faced trouble over staying overnight at Yale Park.
Eventually, things came to a head when protesters were told they could not stay past 10:00 PM on October 25. Three dozen protesters were arrested when they refused to leave while police, including some in riot gear, cleared the park.
Now, protesters will be allowed to be at the park, but in limited hours. And the permit only runs for a week, perhaps setting up another showdown with police if the University does not agree to another permit when time runs out — or if protesters believe the restricted hours aren’t good enough and decide to test the university’s resolve once again.