Wednesday, May 22, 2013
What occurred at the protest has been misrepresented in the media and by the protesters themselves. Police suggested they were surrounded by the protesters and additional video has surfaced that supports this:
As shown in this video the police have been surrounded and protesters demanded the police release people that were arrested after assaulting officers sent to take down tents. The protesters clearly chant the officers will be allowed to leave after they release their arrestees.
If anyone wants to have an honest dialog about what occurred there, then the entire incident must be disclosed, not the the officers using pepper spray.
I would suggest reading the camping ordinance. There are exceptions to the no-camping laws on private property.
Moving to the City Hall ground will subject protesters to the anti-camping ordinance. Previously they were subjected to the park curfew ordinance. The city will not allow the protestors to stay overnight if possible. The best away to "occupy" would be to have folks sign up in shifts to ensure 24 hour coverage. Protesters off shift could rest elsewhere until their next shift. In that way you could keep a 24 hour picket at the city hall and not freeze outside in the park at night.
The primary gripe I have with our government if the amount of money in politics. The campaign donations and spending, high salaries and entitlement of legislators, and special privileges. They should spend less time working for lobbyists and special interests and most time working for their constituents and the country at whole. We need a campaign finance reform amendment to the constitution.
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