Occupy Baltimore Protesters Vow To Stand Their Ground

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Cities across the country make moves to shut down the Occupy movement. Will Baltimore be next?

Andrea Fujii has more.

Protesters here in Baltimore say they’ve seen other cities getting cleared out. If police move in here, they say they’ll stand their ground peacefully.

In New York, police in riot gear evicted Occupy Wall Street. The park is now off-limits for overnight camping. Tensions were high in Denver as police moved in to push protesters off the sidewalk.

“Every time they clamp down on a free speech movement like that, the movement only grows,” said Christopher Lyman, Occupy Baltimore.

At Occupy Baltimore, word is out about what’s happening in other cities. Protesters say they hope those clashes don’t happen here.

“We would act peacefully but we never know how the police force is going to react to coming into the square,” said Joy Davis, protester.

“I think it’s important to stand by our principles as peaceful demonstrators and to not let the threat of violence sway our beliefs,” said Samantha Cuff, Occupy Baltimore.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake voiced concern following reports of theft and drug use on site.

“The protesters don’t seem to have that same concern about public safety and I take public safety very seriously,” Rawlings-Blake said.

With the Occupy tents still at McKeldin Square, other events that have permits for this area are opting to move. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network will move its purple light vigil away from the protest to Rash Field.

“This is a very solemn event. It’s almost a sacred event. It’s a first-time event and we want to have it respected as such,” said Jim Epperlein, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Occupy Baltimore says it will work with other groups that have permits for the square.

The mayor’s office did not return WJZ’s repeated calls for comment on the future of Occupy Baltimore.

A group of Occupiers from Wall Street is now marching from New York City to D.C. They do plan to stop in Baltimore.

  • oscar

    When they wake up with frost on their nipples & balls, you will see them scatter.

  • Jim Halpert

    They are finally clearing out Zucotti Park. The mayor has declared that its a health hazard. So it looks like it may finally be over. The mayor says they can return eventually but it doesn’t appear too likely as NYPD was used to remove the protesters with the National Guard on standby. So far 217 arrest have been made and several people have been pepper sprayed and hit with an acoustic discomfort device. Maybe the rest of us can finally enjoy the park now.

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  • larry26

    It’s time for them to go. They have been very lucky in Baltimore. They have been peaceful here vs. other cities. I don’t care what they say, they are a health hazard. No facilities. They shouldn’t be cooking in tents in an urban area. No heat to speak of. I haven’t heard of anything immoral going on here as in other cities, but they pose a threat to other people as well as themselves. All it takes is for one weido to come in and start trouble and bingo.

  • k

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close bad cases.

    After tens years and two wars the U.S. Military has become proficient in its use of torture. New techniques have been developed that are also being used by the Department of Justice (D.O.J.) employees to help fabricate evidence and punish dissent.

    Humiliation, drugging sleep deprivation, stress positions, threats of physical violent, very long term harassment, etc… are commonly used by the FBI and DEA to reduce suspects so it is easier to fabricate evidence.

    Corrupt DOJ, DOD, and CIA employees had taken bribes from Al Quida in exchange for information and logistics support in the four years leading up to 9/11.

    When one considers that the 9/11 terrorists could take jumbo jet flying lessons, move about the country unobstructed but no speak English, live for several weeks less than two miles from the NSA head quarters and be on state department watch lists this makes sense.

  • Balto4930

    Because the police in Baltimore don’t have enough on their hands- they now have to deal with these yahoos who have lost sight of the original intent of the movement. I feel for the police- it has now become an anti-police movement just to show how cool and alternative they are. So counter productive. I supported the movement, and still support the concept, but have no idea anymore what they think they are doing. I have been involved in many protests in my life and have never seen such seediness and lack of direction.

  • Kathy

    I agree they have the right to protest-but does that give them squatters’ rights? They should let them stay if they have requested permission-but the tents and shacks have to go!

  • Merci

    Dear Balto4930,

    Actually, Occupy Baltimore sees Baltimore Police as an ally. In other cities there may be an anti-police feel, but not here. We respect the Baltimore Police, and all evidence points to their reciprocated respect of Occupy.

    In terms of seediness or lack of direction – I worry that you may be misinformed. Please come down to a General Assembly (8pm) to talk about it with us! All perspectives are welcome.


  • Steve Wilson

    Face the truth. This is a case of businesses striking back. The TEA Party was backed, directed and controlled by the GOP and their bed-buddies, Big Business. Now the little guy, the vast majority is speaking out. Businesses don’t want this protest to succeed so they have called up the police and the right-wing news stations. Here’s the best strategy, peaceably leave the area, then return…time after time. If local “merchants” complain, peacefully enter the shop and browse. By a 10-cent candy bar (for a $1). As a valid customer you can not be removed.

  • robertryan

    How’s a guy supposed to get laid under the stars? I said laid, not laid out azzholes.

  • Elizabeth Beauchamp

    Bjngo> that will only leave more disaffected persons

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