Reporting Mike Hellgren
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Occupy Baltimore is out but not down. They’re vowing to rebuild after their eviction, but some are happy to see their tents gone.
Mike Hellgren has the Occupiers’ next move.
Sky Eye Chopper 13 flew over McKeldin Square after it reopened to the public, cleaned up and sanitized following Occupy Baltimore’s 10-week encampment that came to an end with a police raid.
Some say good riddance.
“We see it every day. It was actually a nuisance,” said Judy Donnan, who works downtown. “I think they need to change their approach because it didn’t work.”
But others, like Arlene Rogan, wish the tents still occupied their prominent perch.
“I don’t think they should be moved out. I think we should listen to what they’re saying. We’re coming up on an election year and they’re representing a voice that I don’t think has been voiced in a long time,” she said.
Citing the lack of violence during the raid Tuesday, the mayor told WJZ in hindsight the eviction she ordered was the right thing to do.
“I’m pleased with how things went. I feel good about how things went,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said.
After being kicked out of McKeldin Square, Occupy Baltimore went to City Hall, holding their general assembly at War Memorial Plaza. But now that barricades have gone down at McKeldin, Occupy plans to come back—for meetings, not to live. At least for now.
They say they are just as passionate as demonstrators in other cities, like New York, and might move into foreclosed homes, like Occupiers have done in California, sticking it to big banks that took government bailouts.
Overnight and throughout Wednesday, there have been no clashes with police since Occupy Baltimore’s eviction.