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Occupy Atlanta protesters gather in downtown park

ATLANTA (AP) - A spokeswoman for Occupy Atlanta says people are gathering in a downtown park and plan to stay the night there, risking arrest.

La'Die Mansfield said the group plans to hold a rally Saturday evening and then will stay in the park, which closes at 11 p.m. The mayor's office and police have said anyone who stays in the park past closing time will be arrested.

Police on Oct. 26 arrested more than 50 people they say were violating a city ordinance by staying in the park after the closing time.

Protesters began camping out in Woodruff Park on Oct. 7. Mayor Kasim Reed initially issued an executive order allowing them to stay, but later revoked it after he said there were increasing security concerns.

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