Atlanta police order Wall Street protesters out

October 25, 2011 - 11:25 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — Occupy Wall Street protesters have been ordered over loudspeakers to vacate an Atlanta park that is surrounded by police, including SWAT teams.

Helicopters flying overhead are shining spotlights on downtown's Woodruff Park that has been barricaded off early Wednesday.

It is there — like in many American cities — that protesters have camped out to rally against what they see as corporate greed and a wide range of other economic issues.

As countless Atlanta police continued to arrive, some protesters gathered up their tents, pillows, sleeping bags and other belongings, saying they didn't want to lose them.

Organizers have instructed participants to remember to be peaceful if arrests come. Leaders have told people who plan to be arrested to gather in the center.