Occupy MN: Hennepin County enacts new restrictions on protesters

Categories: Protest News
Thumbnail image for tarp occupy mn.jpg
The county is no longer tolerating Occupy MN's expansive presence in Government Plaza.
Hennepin County administrators have released a new set of rules for the Occupy MN participants who've been sleeping and demonstrating in Government Plaza since October 7. Included in a notice alerting protesters to winterization procedures that take place in the plaza every year are new restrictions on the occupiers' possessions, signs, and -- ultimately -- on their ability to sleep in the plaza.

"It is just the evolution as we get ready for winter," says County Administrator Richard Johnson.

Winterization of the plaza will begin on Friday at 7 a.m., when county workers will be blowing out the sprinkler systems and shutting down all outside water access. But Johnson says the procedure also provides a convenient time to address other problems the county has with the Occupy MN set-up on both the north and south sides of the Government Center.

A number of new restrictions will become effective Friday, including the consolidation of all of Occupy's possessions in one designated area on either the west or east side of North Plaza. Any protester possessions that are left unattended will be confiscated. All sleeping materials must be stored under a tarp in the South Plaza. The number of port-o-potties will be reduced to three. Finally, non-county signs or posters will not be allowed to be hung anywhere in the plaza.

occupy mn tent sea.jpg
If county commissioners have their way, it's lights out for Tent City.
The memo also warns that once temperatures drop below 25 degrees or a significant snowfall occurs, no sleeping will be permitted in the plaza from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. All portable toilets will be removed, as will the canopy the county erected on the South Plaza.

Apparently, the argument over whether the county will allow tents in the plaza is over.

"There's risk of hypothermia and frostbite and those kinds of things," says Johnson. "First of all we don't want that to happen to people. Secondly, we're worried about what kind of liability we have on our property."

Asked if sheriff's deputies will actually arrest protesters who choose to sleep in a snow drift, Johnson said only, "We will move them along if they decide to stay."

Occupy MN is still formulating its response, but a spokesperson said they are looking into possible indoor locations. Organizer Nick Espinosa says he and a contingent of occupiers are going to set up tents in the yard of a foreclosed home next Tuesday, to defend its owners from eviction, but that his event does not represent a total shift in sleeping arrangements for Occupy MN.

"The plan is simply to expand from the plaza to include at least one home, for now, as part of our occupation," Espinosa says.

Read the entire county memo here.

Previous coverage:

My Voice Nation Help
186 comments
IHW
IHW

#OccupyRiverview

Shakalaka
Shakalaka

Yawn, there's hardly any people in the OWS "movement" as there was hardly any people in the Tea Party "movement" - none of the extremist movements in this country have swayed anything because in reality most Americans are trying to find ways to stay alive. Austerity might be good for once.

Korz53
Korz53

 The one % does not respect the ninety nine %, they are just little people .  and will not negotiate with THEM .  (( 99% will eventually go home to pay bills to the 1% as good responsible serfs as they are.   

Nationwide_Disaster_Relief
Nationwide_Disaster_Relief

Lights out for tent city, sounds like a small jail. Anyway if the remove the Portable Toilets, would that not cause some serious sanitation problems. Well this movement is somewhat in tune with the gov. anyway, just stand around and wait for something to happen.

Crw92662
Crw92662

Just remember..

BIG SIS is WATCHING YOUR NEWS FEEDS ;-)

hahaha

But yes I am glad they are going to be moved. I always said it was a stupid movement in MN anyway.. technically I am occupying MN from my comfy home and computer station... why sleep on the cold ground and act like fools so that everyone discredits them MORE than they already are.

Korz53
Korz53

so was the 1776 movement  was stupid to the Aristocrats and the King of Briton  ( England ' King George '. loyalist! not of the people for the people by the people .  

Sai Away
Sai Away

I find it amusing how the media has successfully nurtured a divide between the OWS crowd and the Tea Party crowd.  The bottom line is that in a "plutocracy", government IS big business and big business IS government.  OWS objects to big business TP objects to government.  The OWS folks and the TP folks have a common enemy; the plutocracy.

Csp
Csp

How about someone inject a little insanity into all of the crackhead posts that the OWS protestors are violent...  the official statement from the Port Authority in Portland last night....

"The most current field reports confirm that in the port area there were no injuries, no property damage, and no major security problems from last night's demonstrations," port officials said. "There was a limited incursion into a private rail facility, and trespassers were escorted off peacefully."

I'm an independent who voted for McCain in 2008.  I'll be voting for Obama this year because the only other option left to me is the Repubs who are controlled by a bunch of crazy ass tea partiers who don't believe in facts and spew violence, hatred and general ignorance.  I believe in fiscal responsibility.  I don't necessarily agree with the standpoint of OWS but I sure's hell support their right to disagree, assemble and protest.  Talk about your basic constitutional rights that you crazy ass teabaggers are always going on and on about yet have no problem denying when it doesn't agree with your crazy ass agenda.  So I'm an independent that would rather vote for sanity that a Republican party that has been dominated and brought down by idiocy.  Not going to be an idiot by association.

Korz53
Korz53

McCain is an old insane  man who want to bomb ,bomb bomb; until  bombs  fall in the  wrong place. He must have been brainwashed in the Vietnam war  in his bombing  ; i do not think it was ever declared a war . Wow ! what a  mistake he did there . it was not a war do to it was never declared a war  and he bombed anyways. Sounds illegal .

http://www.minnesota8.net/Writ...

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

What a jokester! Independent my A$$. You voted for McCain in 08 and believe in fiscal responsiblity. Obama is blowing over a Trillion dollars in dept that he has to borrow. Nice try you liberal misfit. (by the way, I'm a moderate, voted for McCain and am not a TeaParty person). OWS protestors are ok as long as they don't interfere with my rights. Last night they stopped a shipment of medical vacine from entering the country. What the hell does the ports have to do with this protest against wall street?

green23
green23

You wrote:"(by the way, I'm a moderate, voted for McCain and am not a TeaParty person)"

Yeah, you are a moderate who defends Bachmann every chance you get, who has stockpiled weapons and ammo for the coming war against Sharia Law, who lies about themselves constantly, who thinks that Senator Klobuchar sets the prices for gasoline nationwide, who believes that Obama's long-form birth certificate is a forgery, who thinks that Osama bin Laden's death was faked, and who thinks that the Dayton family is financing the Minneapolis OWS protests.

Yeah, and you are a moderate who says, on this very thread:"Funded by the stimulus that Obama passed but we now know only 50% has been spent. The Obama regime is using tax dollars to overthrow our constitution"

Okay, a moderate who thinks that the President is trying to overthrow the Constitution.

Thanks for adding to the list of stupid  statements that you have made in the past. At least you won't be able to claim that you voted for Obama and are now betrayed, like you do with Dayton. Yeah, you're a McCain voter, who voted for Bachmann, and who also voted for Dayton. You're not a liar, are you?

brad
brad

You are just a Crackpot that has been Indoctrinated by the foolish left and really needs to take off the rose colored glasses.

Blaze
Blaze

Both Mayor and Pycho Gov. Dayton (MN) are relishing in the stench of O-MN.  The O-idiots across this country are hurting small businesses that are trying to make a living for their families--little coffee shop owners to the hot dog stand owner. Plus don't forget the assults to women and kids from this "peaceful" group!  All you "peaceful, intelligent" protesters, do me a HUGE favor and don't breed! 

Sai Away
Sai Away

Never, ever fear anarchy. Anarchy is merely the counter balance of authoritarianism.  Historically authoritarian rule has killedfar more people than any case of anarchy. All variants of government steadily progress towards authoritarianism.  This concept it historically provenregardless of a government’s Right or Left leaning philosophy.   Examplesof extreme “Left” government’s progression which lead to evil/abusive authoritarianregimes: USSR era 1922-91, PRC/Mao 1949-76, Cambodia/Pol-Pot 1963-71, NKorea/Kim 1993-current etc.  Extreme “Right”authoritarian  progression lead to morecapitalistic  evil/abusive regimes,examples: UK era 1800-60, USA era 1865-90, Cuba/Batista 1933-58 , Argentina era1982-2001, China/Xiaoping current, etc. This inevitable authoritarian progression is also applicable to center-right/leftgovernments (Italy era1920-45, Germany era 1936- 44, France 1954-64, Spain 1950-73, Portugal era 1944-75, Syria current, etc).  Hence, just as the Left counters the Right tomaintain equilibrium in the collective/capitalist spectrum; anarchy counters authoritarianismto maintain equilibrium in the freedom/control spectrum.   Yes,pure anarchy is evil, as is pure collectivism (Left), pure capitalism (Right)and pure authoritarian rule.   

brad
brad

I have no idea where, when, or how you came up with this but Argentina was put down because of SOCIALISM. And these other facts are Bogus too. Get your head out of the glue and you will be better off.

Sai Away
Sai Away

Argentina's was looted by foreign banks in Argentina namely U.S. financial institutions.  The free market concept, associated with Right aligned policies, was oversold.  Argentina, countered attempted stretch its finances in a more collective manor, however that after the looting had already been done.  PS.  The post had nothing to do with Argentina. The post addressed authoritarianism!

brad
brad

Argentina fell only because of Socialism you nitwit. Just like Greece is going to here shortly.Your facts show Argentina falling due to Capitalism you dope. That is so far from the truth. You  don't have a clue.

tayloralexander
tayloralexander

I see many on this site don't believe this country is on the verge of armed civil disobedience. Look at how the entitled masses throughout the world are rising up and overthrowing their governments. When the current leadership of this nation has as their goal the destruction of the United States, it is not a stretch to allow these protests to get out of hand. Sad to say if we survive these next few months, in a few years these idiot children will be the misguided leaders of this nation. It is better to cut out the cancer before it metastasizes.

green23
green23

Are you calling for killing people who disagree with your political views? Please explain what you mean by proposing that someone "cut out the cancer before it metastasizes"?

Sai Away
Sai Away

Dude, you ain't seen nothing yet!   When the fiscal austerity measures start there will be mass discord.  Right now the federal "super committee" must cut $1.2T from a federal budget (which is a laughable amount for an entity that must borrow 43 cents of every dollar it spends) that is currently bringing in enough revenue to finance only non-discretionary spending and military spending.  What do you think is going to happen when entitlements, subsidies, grants, bond guarantees and govt. services are cut?

tayloralexander
tayloralexander

Dude,Many of us over decades, allowed our complacency and greed to cloud our responsibilities and judgment. We are a far cry from "the greatest generation that ever lived." Up to almost decade ago, we scoffed at those trying to warn of impending economic and social disaster. We dismissed them as crazy. We would argue; never happen, we’re too great…. But slowly this perfect storm of declining US and World economic and social conditions has moved well past correcting without causing violent societal upheaval. The American worker has priced himself out of the world economy/workforce and refuses to admit it. Government regulation has stifled innovation and production. Consequently, with the advent of automation, far less workers are required to produce products and foods. We cultivate sheeple. Developing countries with strong family and social group dynamics are willing to do the jobs requiring human dexterity and will do these tasks at a competitive price. Leading nations continue the folly of experimenting with social change that rewards idleness, and continue to print false wealth to bolster failed economies. War has become too precise and used to manage behavior; not ugly in its totality and used to change or destroy perverted ideals. Simply put, we have failed at managing ourselves and our population by destroying personal responsibility. A minority of producers feed and support a stagnant and envious world. It’s only a matter of time before the correction. Store food, weapons, hygiene supplies, medicines, precious metals, and items with intrinsic value. Find likeminded trustworthy persons and develop a plan. It will be exhilarating. Good luck.I'm prepared are you....Read "The Purge" by tayloralexander, yes I'm selfserving. The novel is a fictional account of what will happen in the coming years.

Sai Away
Sai Away

I prefer not to take such a negative perspective.  However, substantial change is on the horizon, it's best to be prepared.  6,000 years of recorded history and no prevailing hierarchies is a good enough indicator for me.  I'll most certainly check out the Purge.

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

IF the Obama riots occur (like in Oakland - shutting the port) then violence will occur everywhere! Need to have your own garden (with NO George Soros - Monsanto seeds) to make sure you can eat next year. You will not be able to count on any government or police. Look at the Oakland police whose own democrat mayor turned out the other public union employees to join the protestors. She needs to resign. Klobuchar, Obama, Dayton & Frankin need to tell Obama that pushing these riots to a violent point (or martial law) will likely endanger their own health! This is not a threat but from reading the previous posts - all democrats better speak up now before this becomes a terrible situation they will not like.

tayloralexander
tayloralexander

I also have over 50 cases of toilet paper. Gotta take care of the wif

tayloralexander
tayloralexander

The last thing a person should save for the collapse is paper money, unless you plan to use it for toilet paper. One should collect items with intrinsic value for trade... STORE:1. Canned Foods with long shelf life 2+ years and dry goods. we have foods that we eat from day to day and is not high cost freeze dried.2. Weapons of a caliber most commonly used in your country3. Medicines4. Hygiene supplies... many will die from disease and starvation5. Solar power storage... nicely offsets that ugly utility bill now6. Find a group of likeminded persons for security and decide now where your group will make a stand.7. Not cash... Collect Gold, Silver, any or all of the precious metals.

Find solace in being prepared for the inevitable You do not have to buy expensive freezedried foods Look at lables, Canned salmon lasts for 4 years. I have over two years of foods that we rotate stock. these are everyday foods.

DWhitter
DWhitter

The comments on here just crack me up.  How many protesters are actually down there...a couple dozen?  Across the country...maybe 10,000?  Even if there are 100,000, that's less than 1/10 of 1% of the country's population.  And look how frenzied all you morons are about it!  You guys sound just as freaky as they do...acting like the country is coming to an end.  How about we try to be more productive than just complain?  I don't like Obama either, but I don't sit around whining about the handful of morons in the street.  How about you worry about yourselves, help the rest of us figure out a way to change leadership of our country, and quit getting these idiots more fired up by giving them so much attention?

brad
brad

Its not here as to were the goofballs are getting attention. It is the Goofy Left Media that want this to continue to help enable a victory for their self proclaimed king, Obama. So what that a few want to sing to their choir and shed a different light on this topic? They enjoy it peacefully. Quit looking down on others and thinking you have all the answers.

tayloralexander
tayloralexander

Many of us that truely understand what is happening to this once great natiion are doing something. You fail to see how these and others are disrupting business and causing those nearby to lose business and in some cases close down. Even in our small town business and daily life is negatively effected by these leeches and people like you enable this destructive behavior. The reason you are starting to see push back is because we the responsible have been screaming to the elected officials to DO SOMETHING before we do.

SolusJ
SolusJ

I don’t live in MN, but why not start a counter-protest? Just enough hard-working Americans that may agree with part(s) of the protest message, but have had enough of the OWS crowd effecting their homes, livelihood, and safety. If the mayor is too inept to handle it, take your city back from the idiocy. Find the camps and don’t let them sleep. Run this in shifts so you can maintain your jobs and your own sanity.The message: We want government to run as it should, without influence from the dollar, HOWEVER, we WILL NOT have our city and local economy overrun by non-contributors, some controlled by faceless factions from behind a curtain. Real protest is American. Controlled anarchy is not. Enough is enough. Do it before this gets out of control and you jeopardize your home values and the future of your families. It’s time to take the cities back.Any thoughts on a name?

crymeariver
crymeariver

All the hard working Americans are hard at work and them we go home and clean our yards and the house and have dinner with the family.....

SolusJ
SolusJ

I hear you, River.  I agree that family is the most important thing in the world, but if all anyone ever does is post grievances here, our message of disgust will never be heard. As you know, the Tea Party would never have gotten any traction if it remained in cyberspace.  At some point enough has to be enough. I was thinking that, if organized properly, our side could manage to get our point out with minimal investment of time away from the family. Some could manage to give eight hours, others only one or two.  It's time to make noise...if not on the street, then by phone to state and local officials...I'm sure something like this has already been organized.  Perhaps just spend a few minutes to find out what is going on in your area and get involved at whatever level you can.

Best,J

tayloralexander
tayloralexander

Up to 50 years ago a counter protest would have been a responsible electorate grabbing their Louisville Sluggers

Inthemarsh
Inthemarsh

I like this idea perhaps a couple of strategically placed individuals with hand held marine fog horns randomly blasting them at say 2:30 or 3:00 in the morning keep em awake? yeah I like this...

StupidOWS
StupidOWS

So now that one of their own got his head bashed, just as likely by friendly fire from a fellow limp writed bottle thrower, they finally seem to have a common cause to rally around to justify and step up the violence. The solution is to simply bash a few more heads to dilute their attention and they'll lose focus. Those punks have a limited attention span.

SolusJ
SolusJ

I don’t live in MN, but why not start a counter-protest? Just enough hard-working Americans that may agree with part(s) of the protest message, but have had enough of the OWS crowd effecting their homes, livelihood, and safety. If the mayor is too inept to handle it, take your city back from the idiocy. Find the camps and don’t let them sleep. Run this in shifts so you can maintain your jobs and your own sanity.The message: We want government to run as it should, without influence from the dollar, HOWEVER, we WILL NOT have our city and local economy overrun by non-contributors, some controlled by faceless factions from behind a curtain. Real protest is American. Controlled anarchy is not. Enough is enough. Do it before this gets out of control and you jeopardize your home values and the future of your families. It’s time to take the cities back.Any thoughts on a name?

Nice hat
Nice hat

Occupy City Pages!  Couldn't have happened a more deserving purveyor of Minnesota Hate...

NONE
NONE

GOOD LUCK IN GETTING A FIRE MARSHALL APPROVED CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY IN SOME ABANDONED BUILDING.  INSTANT JAIL TIME.

tayloralexander
tayloralexander

If the authorities were going to enforce the law all would be in jail or detention camp out of sight of a responsible public. Or are you implying the firemarshal has a stronger backbone?

The Infamous Captain
The Infamous Captain

Socialism is great until the people paying for it run out of money.  Whomp, whomp.

The_Plan
The_Plan

It is disgraceful that the taxpayers flip the bill for these degenerates.  How much of the taxpayers money has been spent to accommodate these left-wing zealots?

The local government officials who decide to allocate taxpayer funds for these stupid Marxist protestors should be arrested on corruption charges.  Mayor Bloomberg should be arrested for treason.  The vote buying by politicians with the taxpayers dollars must stop.  A few high-profile hangings will quell the rebellion!

Luke Stone
Luke Stone

Seeour video for more village idiots..

youtube.com/watch?v=VPd46AJ-9F­8

Wemidnight trick-or-treated tent to tent in Zuccotti Park on Halloweennight.Watch the peaceful Occupy Wall Street protesters lash out at us.Great hipster rage!!!

drennen
drennen

They should be given the fascism they seek.  Build a wall around them and keep them there until it hit 20 below. Then remove the wall and use a bulldozer to scrape up the mess,

StupidOWS
StupidOWS

Just rope them off and hang job applications from the rope. They won't be able to cross the line.

Terry
Terry

So now they are going to try and prevent people from being evicted from there foreclosed home? Hummm. I lost my house to the banks BUT the only one I blame is ME.  I have since purchased a new home Paid cash for it.  It was a fixer upper but I'm not beholden to any bank. It is half the size I had BUT i did not cry about it. I just started Over. A word to you OWS and people loosing your houses. If you get kicked down just get up and start over. NO ONE is going to rescue you unless you want to be a SLAVE to the people that bailed you out.

Karl Magnus
Karl Magnus

" ... a spokesperson said they are looking into possible indoor locations."

Wimps. If the situation the anarchists find themselves in is so dire, look toward D.C.Yo, whiners, protest in the snow. Do something, anything to show that y'all have the stones and wherewithal to govern and provide medical treatment yourselves.Animals

~(Ä)~

Jim Smith
Jim Smith

let them get hypothermia. it will be a great lesson in science for them.

Csp
Csp

Can I just say that every single post on this comment thread makes an argument why there should be mental health screening for any gun permit and/or gun holder.  Bunch of conspiracy crackheads ready to start a war.  Jesus Christ.  Peaceful protest, the right to advocate your own political opinion, civil disobediance... bench marks of democracy.  Fools.  You are all fools.   

TearsDownWalls
TearsDownWalls

"Congress shall make no law ...abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." First Amendment to the Constitution

OWS is exercising their first amendment right - we are not violent. We advocate justice and fairness for everyone, including you! These are the principles our country was founded on. No one is taking anything away from you, we are merely asking for a more just system and for equal rights.

Something tells me you all would have sided with the British in the American Revolution. You should all be ashamed of yourself.

SolusJ
SolusJ

Exercising your right to free speech is admirable, however, the protests are increasingly infringing upon the rights of others 1) to earn a living; and 2) pursue happiness for themselves and their families.

With regards to siding with the British, I am a descendant of the great John Adams who, in 1770, defended in court, the British soldiers who fired into the mob in Boston (Boston Massacre).  As the man who made over 400 edits to the Declaration of Independence, nobody today would argue with his patriotism.  His position and his oath was to follow the rule of law of his country first and then to follow his heart.  

My position is that the OWS crowd absolutely has the right to be heard.  As a constitutionalist, I actually agree with some points made by OWS.  OWS, however, must follow the rule of law with respect to infringing on the rights of other Americans.  As the protest continues - vandalism, illegal drug use, theft and interfering with commerce continues, and the organization loses support from the true base of the 99%.  The message is lost. 

It's time to mature as a movement and move to a more respectable form of communication, one that can garner more discussion on the real issues rather than discussion on the latest crimes and financial chaos perpetrated.  If you can truly organize, with a cohesive message, you may actually change the course of history.  Until then, OWS is becoming more and more infiltrated and directed by money organizations (ACORN/SEIU/etc).  The truth is, OWS is already becoming less relevant and morphing into just another group of thugs.  Sadly, such is the way with mass protest.

John
John

I agree with you on the 1st Amendment, which all the states have applied to themselves. 

You are violent. Look at Oakland. Look at NYC and all the rapes. I do not ask for fairness, I want opportunity. I will make it fair. I will always be fair to others. If you decide to not take advantage of the free market capitalist system, stop your whining and stealing my property (taxes). I do not want a govt. that keeps making laws and regulations that stifle my work and my use of my property. I  want freedom. Go be a bum, go out and whine about everything, go out and complain. Just leave me alone so I can be free to go after: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 

I choose FREEDOM not serfdomI choose LIBERTY not slaveryI choose to be the 1%. 

tayloralexander
tayloralexander

I think you gloss over the first word... most illiterate do. This is a state issue

tayloralexander
tayloralexander

The only fools here are those that think this country is a democracy. We are a Representive Republic and a nation of laws. The selfish OWS idiots have been breaking the law since day one. Get an education.

StupidOWS
StupidOWS

What a foolish thing to write.

Jiggly
Jiggly

These protests don't seem to be peaceful anymore.

brad
brad

You had better get your head out of the glue can. Just look and see what they have done in Oakland recently. Peaceful, you need your head examined.

tayloralexander
tayloralexander

Hey Brad,If you read the local papers and posts in the Oakland area, not one current, past or retired military member has an ounce of sympathy for the idiot, claiming to be a former Marine, that was hit with the teargas canister.

Now Trending

Minnesota Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...