The last remnants of the Occupy Nashville encampment are now gone after state troopers removed three tents and a table from War Memorial Plaza early Monday morning.
Although protesters were present at the time of the action by officers of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, no arrests were made and no citations issued.
The troopers were enforcing a new law that makes it illegal to camp on the plaza. After signing the legislation just over a week ago, Gov. Bill Haslam issued a warning to the protesters, giving them one week to clear the plaza.
In a statement issued Monday morning, Occupy Nashville claimed that Chris Humphrey — the lone member who had remained on the plaza in a tent for three days after the deadline — was dragged out of his tent. They also declared their intent to maintain a constant presence on the plaza, as the new law only prohibits camping on the grounds.
Department of Safety and Homeland Security spokeswoman Jennifer Donnals told The City Paper that 15 troopers were involved and that the seized property could be claimed by its owners from the Deparment of General Services later today. With the area now clear, she said, General Services employees were scheduled to pressure wash the plaza this morning.