As many of you have already heard, the University of New Mexico administration decided to not approve a permit extension for the (Un)Occupy Albuquerque protest group, currently holding camp at Yale Park.

Over the weekend, there were several incidents at Yale Park, one man was arrested for threatening protesters with a knife, there were other incidents of drunk or threatening behavior reported to UNM Police, including one involving a man who was a registered sex offender.  Also paramedics were called to the area over the weekend to treat someone who had collapsed at Yale and Redondo. The person died at the scene.

According to the university's statement, "The nature of the (Un)occupy Albuquerque protest is that it attracts many different types of individuals, and there is no way to assess whether people are or are not part of the (Un)occupy protest, so as a result the university has chosen not to approve a permit extension.  Since the university has a growing concern about the safety and welfare of our students and the university community in general, administrators are requesting suggestions from the City of Albuquerque to help address the issues with the transients who have been attracted to the protest."

The full statement is below:

UNM Denies Permit Extension for (Un)occupy Albuquerque
UNM administrators have decided not to approve a permit extension for the (Un)occupy Albuquerque group at Yale Park.  The group's current permit expires on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 10 p.m.  The group has been notified of the denial of the permit extension and instructed to vacate Yale Park no later than 10 p.m. on Oct. 25. There have been issues with the park not being vacated at night in violation of the permit conditions.

Additionally an unintended consequence of (Un)occupy Albuquerque's prolonged protest at the park is an increasing number of people attracted to the protest. Over the weekend UNM processed a number of incident reports involving drunken and threatening behavior on people in Yale Park.  Albuquerque Police arrested one man who threatened several people with a knife, and there were several other incidents including one involving a man who was a registered sex offender in two states.   One person died in the area over the weekend.

The nature of the (Un)occupy Albuquerque protest is that it attracts many different types of individuals, and there is no way to assess whether people are or are not part of the (Un)occupy protest, so as a result the university has chosen not to approve a permit extension.  Since the university has a growing concern about the safety and welfare of our students and the university community in general, administrators are requesting suggestions from the City of Albuquerque to help address the issues with the transients who have been attracted to the protest.