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Thursday, November 24, 2011 - 2:38am

Occupy Atlanta Appeals Park Eviction

A federal appeals court could soon review a judge's decision to block Occupy Atlanta's request to stay in a downtown park.

The organizers of Occupy Atlanta said in a court filing Wednesday they would ask the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to consider the case.

It comes weeks after a federal judge refused to block Atlanta police from evicting the protesters from the park while the lawsuit was pending.

Occupy Atlanta said in the lawsuit that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed's decision to revoke his executive order allowing protesters to stay in the park was unconstitutional.

Police on Oct. 26 arrested more than 50 people who stayed in the park after Reed revoked the order. Reed has said the decision was a necessary response to mounting safety concerns.