MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Protesters at the Occupy Memphis camp have officially been kicked out by the city, and ordered to dismantle their camp on the Main Street Mall.
The group had been camped out in front of city hall since last October.
The city's Chief Administrative Officer, George Little, said it was becoming a homeless encampment. As of Friday, August 10, out of the nine people in the tents, eight of them admitted to being homeless. Those camp members have since been referred to the Community Alliance for the Homeless for assistance.
"The City of Memphis commends them on their commitment to their cause and their perseverance, especially in light of this summer’s extreme temperatures," read a city statement issued from Mayor Wharton's office. "In light of recent events, including altercations and assaults at the camp, as well as public health hazards and construction on the Main Street Mall, the City of Memphis has asked Occupy Memphis residents to dismantle the camp."
The statement also cited recent complaints of camp members defecating and urinating in public areas.