Occupy Nashville protesters said they have been given an ultimatum: leave Legislative Plaza or be arrested.
The decision comes after growing complaints about fights and thefts at the site. Since October 7, about 85 people have been camping out overnight.
The protestors said they were asked to leave by 8 p.m. Thursday. Authorities do not want them to spend nights in tents, but said they will be allowed to protest during the day.
Governor Bil Haslam issued a nighttime curfew for the plaza. Protestors must leave the plaza at 10 p.m. starting Friday night, but they may return at 6 a.m. the following morning.
Officials with the state Department of General Services said the curfew was in response to safety concerns at the plaza, raised by the protestors themselves.
Protestors said no matter what, they are not going to leave.