Five ‘Cop City’ protesters arrested after chaining themselves to construction equipment

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protester
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a person who is organizing against a specific problem, plan, person, or government at a specific time and place
chain
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to lock something using a chain
‘Chaining themselves to equipment’ means they lock themselves to the equipment so it can’t be used without injuring the protesters.
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Five [.fow1-1]protesters[.fow1-1] were arrested on Sept. 7, at the future site of Atlanta’s police training center after [.fow1-2]chaining[.fow1-2] themselves to construction equipment.

According to the Atlanta Police Department report, officers working at the property discovered the [.fow1-1]protesters[.fow1-1] around 9:30 a.m. The city-owned property is located off Constitution Road in DeKalb County.

The five people were arrested, and APD says it is working with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation regarding charges on these individuals. APD shared a photo of the individuals but did not name them.

Around this same time, approximately 25 people got together outside the site to protest, according to the police report.

protester
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a person who is organizing against a specific problem, plan, person, or government at a specific time and place
chain
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to lock something using a chain
‘Chaining themselves to equipment’ means they lock themselves to the equipment so it can’t be used without injuring the protesters.
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opponent
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a person, team, or group fighting against another in a specific purpose or against a specific topic
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Leaders of the Vote to Stop Cop City organization shared a message as the protest was happening, stating that the [.fow1-1]protesters[.fow1-1] were delivering “The People’s Stop Work Order.” The organization is collecting signatures so Atlanta residents can vote on the future of the training center, which has been named “Cop City” by its [.fow2-1]opponents[.fow2-1].

“The construction of this project and [the removal] of the South River Forest have continued despite over 100,000 Atlanta residents... calling for a [vote] on the issue,” the group said. “The City of Atlanta has fought [against] the [vote the whole time].

opponent
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a person, team, or group fighting against another in a specific purpose or against a specific topic
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minister
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a religious church leader in many Christian religions
terrorism
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the use of violent acts to scare people as a way to achieve a political goal
‘Domestic terrorism’ means people within a country using terrorism against their own government, instead of an outside group attacking a different country.
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The organization described the arrested [.fow1-1]protesters[.fow1-1] as “two [.fow3-1]ministers[.fow3-1] and other [religious people].”

The new arrests come just days after Georgia Attorney General Christopher Carr announced charges against 61 [.fow1-1]protestors[.fow1-1] on RICO and other money-related charges. Several were charged with domestic [.fow3-2]terrorism.[.fow3-2]

minister
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a religious church leader in many Christian religions
terrorism
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ˈterɚˌɪzəm
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the use of violent acts to scare people as a way to achieve a political goal
‘Domestic terrorism’ means people within a country using terrorism against their own government, instead of an outside group attacking a different country.
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