Occupy MN will defy sheriff's orders, set up tent camp on Saturday

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Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these occupiers.
Occupy MN organizers announced this morning that contrary to the agreement they had with the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department, they will begin erecting tents and shelters tomorrow afternoon in the Government Plaza.

This would be the first openly defiant act by the group, which has thus far maintained a very cordial relationship with law enforcement.

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Robert Jones is ready to protest, rain or shine.

Today marks the one-week anniversary of the Occupy MN demonstration in the downtown government plaza. Protesters have been camped out there each night, holding meetings and demonstrations during the day, in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street campaign in New York.

After unseasonably gorgeous weather at the outset, things took a turn for the worse this week. Occupy MNsters had to deal with torrential rain, hail and some seriously strong winds. On Wednesday night, about 60 protesters retreated from the grassy knolls and public benches to the skyway underpass, which previously had been designated off-limits by the sheriff, according to Occupy MN organizer Alexa Lindh.

"It would probably have seemed cruel not to let us," she says.

But the occupiers are still banned from holding their tarps up with anything but their hands. In an announcement on the Occupy MN Facebook page, organizers declared that as the weather gets colder they will no longer honor this agreement with the sheriff.

"Just like food and water, we believe that shelter is a basic human right," it reads.

The rally to set up tents will take place tomorrow at 4 p.m., and in the meantime organizers are delivering their last pleas for a sanctioned tent city to the sheriff, the Minneapolis police department, and county administrator Richard Johnson.

Although a medic in the plaza named only "Flamingo" says none of the occupiers have caught cold yet, the Minnesota Department of Health just confirmed the season's first case of flu. End the Sudafed!

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OZ
OZ

I don't get the requirement for OWS to be on sight all day.  Temperatures are going to get ungodly soon and this thing is not going to hold out or attract regular people if the strategy doesn't change.  Instead of people filtering in and out randomly all day why isn't there just a two or three hour window daily where people meet? Everyone meeting at the same time would create a larger presence than smaller numbers of people showing up at different times of the day. That and people could, you know, sleep in normal places. 

jem
jem

Its obvious there are a lot of comments made here by people that either don't care about the American way of life or grew up with a silver spoon and money is no object. Anyone with a 401K that has been pillaged by the greed, or owns a house that isn't worth what they owe the mortgage company, or that has children or grandchildren that are being fed by food stamps should be mad as hell about the direction America has been going for the last 30 years. Just because your to lazy or comfortable to do anything to help change this country for the better, don't criticize true Americans for trying !!!

Old Student
Old Student

As someone on Redit stated, people can camp out overnight for iPods, days for concert tickets, but when it comes to democratic protest, you will go to jail? Understand and agree with OWS postion or not, it is within an Americans rights to protest.

Dem4Life
Dem4Life

Who cares??  I have no idea why anybody would waste their time talking about these dirties. 

Evel
Evel

Get off my lawn!

HurdyGurdy
HurdyGurdy

About time you guys take a stand! If you're not hurting anybody you're not doing anything wrong. Doing everything police and the government tell you will only make you easier to ignore. Peaceful resistance!

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

And it is not helped by a President who has gotten us into a third war, spent over a $1,000,000.000,000 of borrowed debt each year of his reign; allowed ONE MILLION "Legal" workers each year to enter America for Big Companies like GE and set the "crony capitalism" recored with his rich buddies. Good God America wake up. Wall street (GE) bought and paid for Obama. He is a total failure 9.2 % unemployment, Trillions of unecessary debt, getting us into another WAR, astroturf protestors (how many are being paid by SEIU or other organizations aligned with Obama)?

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

MLK had no problem defying the law to advance his political beliefs.  Civil disobedience is a pretty common tactic used by the people against the powerful to change the world.  I suggest reading about MLK, Nelson Mandela, and Gandhi since you are so obviously poorly educated, you might learn something.

trex
trex

They bring a bivvy sack, not a tent. big difference.

guest
guest

people camping out for ipods and concert tickets also aren't sitting down on streets violating the law, either.  take some responsibility for your actions. if it were a peaceful protest, im sure they wouldn't have a problem with it.  but nothing about this protest is peaceful.  i have to look at their stupid asses every day.  definately within their rights to protest, but, unfortunately for them, not within their rights to camp out in this instance.  i hope everyone of them go to jail and put even more of our tax dollars in the toliet.  good job protesters!!!!

Bianca
Bianca

Which is why you're wasting your time by commenting?

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

The 3 biggest items in our national debt are the Iraq War, the Afghanistan War, and Medicare Part D which are all Republican ideas.  You don't really get to count the Bush tax cuts to the rich but that did it too.   I just wonder what brought you black I mean back to caring about our national debt.    If you really cared about making the white decision I mean right decision you'd know Republicans spend like drunken sailors and then Democrats have to come in and fix things.    Must be something about the Obama that you don't white, I mean like about him.    You lying Tea Party racists are so easy to see through you know.    When you have a tiny racist tea party brain its hard to get the facts straight.   Obviously you only care about the color of Obama's skin or the fact that he has a D behind his name when Fox News is telling you what to think.   I have no respect for you racist Republican liars who only care about hurting Democrats and not fixing the country.   Go boo a gay solider you fucking idiot.  Where were your bitchy comments back when Bush was spending Bill Clinton's surplus? 

trex
trex

Only a million you say? "$1,000,000.000,000" = "$1,000,000.00" I agree with the rest. 

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

How many police officers have been hurt by the protestors?  I've seen video of a cop spraying a bunch of teenage girls with mace.    I saw the video of the cops breaking the guy's leg in New York City today so please cite your sources about how violent these protestors are.    It should be easy since you say "nothing about this protest is peaceful."   Otherwise apologize for lying and admit you are just another idiot hack. 

Markie Dayton
Markie Dayton

The Iraq war is over. No more cost after December thanks to bush junior! The afghanistan war was escalated by Obama. Repeal Medicare part D and repeal the Obama health care bill. Then close the Departments of (Engergy, education and EPA) which have all failed. Stop all Legal immigration until unemployment is under 5%. Don't let another year of 1,250,000 legal visas go to foreign workers to come into the US as Obama is doing each year. Paybacks to his crony capitalist companies like GE. 

The racist and sexists are in the streets protesting this month. All liberals that support "Occupy" are the true sexists and racists. Listen to their very own words.

guest
guest

you really are the idiot that everyone thinks you are, aren't you?  if anyone is a racist, it's you democrats, history proves that.  i didn't see one thing about race in their comment. but keep using it, it's obviously working... the person is clearly pissed off that obama is a complete failure.  and if you actually watched the video, there was no booing directed towards the soldier, it was toward the question.  but twist it anyway you'd like to make yourself feel intelligent. stop watching msnbc. and there's no such thing as the "clinton surplus".  brainwashed little insignificant moron.  borrowed money doesn't equal surplus money

Markie Dayton
Markie Dayton

Obama has spent over a Trillion more than the taxes the federal government brings in. The ONE MILLON is "legal immigration" to work for American company's. That is each year of his presidency. OVer spending and not looking out for american workers. Close to FIVE MILLION "LEGAL" immigrants will have come into American during his four years with visas from Obama. With 9.2 % unemployment (closer to 17% in real terms) the SOB does not deserve re-election.

guest
guest

its not peaceful when you block fucking traffic and fuck up other peoples lives you dipshit.  maybe if the teenage girls and dipshit in new york listened to the police, they wouldn't have gotten what came to them.  you need to follow the laws in this country, or be prepared for discipline.  or are the occupy protesters above the law?  if anyone on this stupid fucking comment board is a hack, it's you.  go watch some more msnbc you brainwashed idiot.  think for yourself for a change

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