Occupy MN dwindles but lives on
|Hundreds of protesters in varying stages of undress are still out there.|
The local chapter of the anti-bank, anti-bomb protests which started popping up all over the country last week passed through the weekend without serious incident. Not a single arrest has been made related to the downtown rally.
Now, at the dawn of day 4, something around 100 diehards -- more, depending on who you ask -- are still at the Hennepin County Government Center Plaza, or "People's Plaza," as they're calling it. They're waking up to a bit more trash and a bit less attention than they'd hoped for. Since the excitement of the protest's first day, local media have typically portrayed Occupy MN as the pointless pursuit of the sign-making counterculture.
To be fair, Occupy MN's shrinking turnout hasn't helped its case.
Something like 1,000 protesters -- including Jesse Ventura, former heavyweight champion of American governors -- turned up for Friday's opening day festivities. On Friday afternoon, a couple hundred of them marched to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, where they banged on drums and moved in a rhythmic way that surely unnerved the bankers.
|Yes, but can New York hear you?--Even over the traffic?|
Overnight, by KSTP's count, the number of remaining stragglers has sunk to something like 100 people in sleeping bags.
But, good news: For those of you who had something holding you back, there's plenty of time to join them: KSTP also reports that some of those still in attendance have said they'll stay "through the new year," which would bring the demonstration close to 90 days... and negative-20 degrees.
Yesterday, a posting to the Occupy MN Facebook page complained of sloppiness in the sign-making area, leaving too much clean-up for the group's own "sanitation committee." Aside from sign-making and chanting, there are also teach-ins, with one planned for today on solar energy.
Tomorrow, KSTP reports, they'll finally get back to heckling the rich, with protesters planning to march on local banks.
- Faces of Occupy MN Day 1 [SLIDESHOW]
- Occupy MN protesters march to the Fed [VIDEO]
- Jesse Ventura joins kick-off of Occupy MN [VIDEO]