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Posted: March 9, 2012 1:04 p.m.

Occupy At. demonstrators in court

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ATLANTA - Several members of Occupy Atlanta are due in court to face a variety of charges.

Occupy Atlanta said in a statement that more than 75 people been arrested since last fall. Occupy Atlanta says 52 of those arrests took place after the group's initial occupation of Woodruff Park.

A court hearing is set for 9 a.m. at Atlanta Municipal Court to address charges stemming from the arrests.

Occupy Atlanta says Atlanta's night-time restrictions in public parks violate free speech rights.

They say in court documents filed Wednesday as part of a federal lawsuit that Atlanta should develop a plan for issuing park permits. They say such a system is needed so Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed doesn't have sole discretion to decide who uses parks after hours by issuing executive orders. 

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