Occupy Baltimore: City Wants Scaled Back Presence

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — There have been violent clashes between police and the Occupy Wall Street protesters as the movement gains momentum across the country.

Andrea Fujii  reports protesters have been living at the Inner Harbor for three weeks.

The number of tents continues to grow at McKeldin Plaza. There’s more than two dozen now but all of that could soon change.

Anti-Wall Street demonstrators went head-to-head with police in Oakland, Calif. The tent city there was torn down. Dozens are behind bars as police used tear gas to control the angry crowds.

In Dallas, police put protesters on the ground after they blocked access to a downtown bank. Some were dragged into a police van as they were taken into custody.

In Chicago, at least 100 demonstrators were led to jail in front of a screaming crowd after they refused to leave a downtown park.

“We’ve been here for three weeks without a permit. What’s so different about tomorrow?” said Marcus Clary, Occupy Baltimore.

But Wednesday could be a very different day at Occupy Baltimore. City Hall has declared camping at McKeldin Plaza illegal. But some protesters say they’ll hold strong.

“I think it’s a beneficial thing for us to stand out here and stand up for what we believe in and if that gets us arrested, well, fine and dandy,” said Anthonio Henry, demonstrator.

The mayor’s office released a statement saying they are working to protect the protesters’ right to free speech but McKeldin Plaza is not a campground and overnight camping is prohibited. The city will continue to monitor the situation and deal with individual acts of illegal behavior on a case by case basis.

Demonstrators say even if they’re kicked off the plaza, it won’t stop them.

“They can try to stop this area but they can’t stop the movement,” said Asher Strauss, Occupy Baltimore.

Protesters say they are trying to work on a compromise deal with the city to remain there peacefully.

According to a new CBS/New York Times poll, 43 percent say they agree with the views of Occupy Wall Street.

  • Shiela

    I’d like to know more about these shelters. Are they homeless shelters? If so what about the homeless and if not why aren’t more shelters provided to the homeless?

  • Hugh

    who is hidng behind the curtain called “The City”?

  • Wheres common sense when you need it

    Freedom of protest…….unless you don’t have a permit. I would tell the “City” to shove the permit! Like it or not, they have the right to protest! Whats next, roll in the National Guard and shoot them? I guess I will have to refer to my Middle Eastern Repression Handbook for more info on this subject!

  • Jerry

    Whats ‘a matter S.R.Blake?. It was fun in the beginning and you allowed it. Now you want to make it go away after you and Demokrat Party encouraged these paid demonstrators and commies?
    I hope you get what you asked for. A bunch of out control, defecating, stinking protestors that are telling YOU what to do.

  • joyc

    The problem is a usual one with government: Inconsistency with rule of law. Simply put if camping at the Plaza is not allowed (with or without a permit), then why was it tolerated one night. The protesters can demonstrate all they want, but cannot break the law. For the police to say that now the camping must end is arbitrary. The only night it would not be arbitrary was the first night. Mckeldon Plaza is a free protest zone, so go a head and protest; just don’t break the law.

  • Diane M

    “There’s more than two dozen now but all of that could soon change.” … There’s more than two dozen?… Shouldn’t this read “There ARE more than two dozen…”? I mean, you’re a newspaper. Who edits this stuff?

    • ted

      WJZ is a television station, not a newspaper you genius……

      • Diane M

        Touche! Originally read on Baltimore Sun.

  • Sharon

    I think the Occupy movement was considered a meaningless movement at first. Now that 43% of the population agrees with the movement their presence is a danger to those with money who buy the politicians in the country with campaign donations. Therefore, they must be labeled as criminals to tarnish their image to the public.

    • FollowsTheRules

      sooooooo…… if they were to be robbing banks to get the money “owed them” by the big corporations, that too would be legal?

      • Sharon

        You are creating a situation that isn’t happening. Occupy people are not robbing banks. If you would like to comment on my response it would be good to keep with the subject. By not sticking with the subject you appear to only be inflamatory, not making a point at all.

  • jon

    Anytime I go by there I see maybe 50 people. (Yes, the weekends more, maybe 200). Come on is this really a movement, I think the media are just waiting for some police-protestor action, so they can have an interesting story to cover.

  • kate

    I wish they would realize that protesting won’t change anything. If they want to make a difference, vote in the right people for the job!

    • Sharon

      You neglect to see they have done something. By people talking about it and more and more people understanding and supporting their movement they have done something. This is about social change. What started as a few people has become 43% of the people polled int he country supporting this. That to me is making a difference and raising social consciousness.

  • whatnow

    43% of the country supports a socialist agenda? Incredible. I guess everyone must have been outside taking a smoke during history class or they would know Europe’s grand experiment with socialism didn’t work. Those who don’t know history are bound to repeat it.

    • Sharon

      Do you know what Socialism is? Because you spout a socialis agenda, and that history is bound to repeat itself. Youi neglect to understand history in that Socialism in the past was the result of a dictator who imposed a heirachy of government on top and a peasant class supporting them in which the governing ruling class maintained all the money while parcelling out bits to the peasant class. And while you say it doesn’t work, China is one of the most profitable countries in the world.

      • whatnow

        China is communist not socialist. Everyone works there. You can’t be lazy there and have the government take care of you, heck you are only allowed to have one child. Europe has not had dictators for a long time. All of their economic woes at this time are because they have been socialist for the last 20, 30 years. Socialism is that 1% works, the other 99% sits on their butts but is supported by the 1% that works.


    You right wingers send you agitators in to start trouble to make them look as if they are free loading bums on the streets. You forget the 60’s when you were smoking pot and doing the same thing to bring about change. You conservatives say you are Christian, but you are like the chief priests and Pharisees doing the time of Jesus. You stand in the public square and profess doing the work of God, but behind closed door you rob the poor, deny help for the homeless, widows, children and the less fortunate of us. Your greed will cause you to burn in hell.

  • Dennis Trencher

    They make the streets safer, let them be



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