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Occupy Nashville Timeline

Oct. 6: The Occupy movement first came to Nashville with protests in West End and downtown.

Demonstrators said they wanted to show support for "Occupy Wall Street," which had been growing for weeks.

Oct. 8: The group set up camp at legislative plaza and vowed to stay there until the government changed.

As the movement grew, so did complaints about crime and fights on Legislative Plaza. Occupy members later asked for extra police protection.

By the end of the month, state officials imposed an evening curfew on the plaza.

Oct. 28: Protesters refused to leave.  State troopers moved in early Oct. 28 and arrested two dozen protesters.

Oct. 29: Troopers arrested more protesters.

But both times a night judge said the state couldn't legally remove the protestors, who were later released from jail.

Oct. 30: The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit asking for an injunction to stop the curfew and arrests. A federal judge agreed with the ACLU. From there, the group pressed on, even trying to occupy an abandoned state building.

February:  A bill to outlaw camping on state property that's not designated for that purpose passed its first subcommittee.

Feb. 27: Legislation passed the House 68-21 after lawmakers agreed to a change by the Senate, which approved the bill 20-10 the previous week. 

March 2:  Gov. Bill Haslam signed the measure into law.  Tennessee Department of General Services Commissioner Steve Cates said in a news release that notices are being posted statewide about the new law, which he said will be enforced after seven days.

October 2012: Occupy Nashville files a lawsuit against Gov. Bill Haslam and the Department of Safety. The group claims the curfew that was imposed in 2011 at the Legislative Plaza violates their rights to free speech and assembly.

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