By 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.

Comments (13)
  1. Wilford P Wellington says:

    These occupy folks should really try something NEW. LIKE OCCUPYING THEIR BRAINS!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Stupidity Rules says:

    These people have good intentions but no organized direction. Without it they appear to be mini-woodstocks. Time for them to go. Corporate America runs this country and they have the politicians in their pockets. Time for term limits for ALL elected officials.

  3. od says:

    Its nice that after the taxes I paid the last 15 years for that public space i will finally be able to go running through it again without getting harassed. And I’m sorry but if anyone is squatting in a foreclosed home near my house in the city will have the cops called on them in a heart beat and about 20 neighbors making sure they stay out! We have enough problems fighting crime, drugs, trash and housing issues we don’t need additional groups making it worse.

  4. card says:

    These people look Homeless!!!

    Go home!!

  5. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

    Stupidity, We have term limits, it’s called get off your butt & vote. Voter apathy followed by all the griping plays into the reelection of these politicans.

    1. Stupidity Rules says:

      Bernard, there are term limits for some of the elected officials but what we really need is term limits for the Senate and the House of Representatives. The ones who make laws that do not apply to them but do to all others.That is where this countries problems all began and continue to this day. All of them got rich or richer in the decades they have been in office. They are not addressing the problems in this country. Just look at what Cardin just introduced. What an idiot.

      1. bernard Mc Kernan says:

        Stupidity rules, Please read my statement again or I will begin to believe your moniker is really your mentality.

  6. Chad says:

    Glad to see it go, it was an eyesore to those of us have to get up to go to work. They want to regroup there for meetings “for now”. The area is the site of several Christmas and Holiday traditions for the Inner Harbor and all they want to do is make it a place nobody will want to go because they will be harassed by protesters.

  7. What happened to “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of the right of the people peaceably to assemble?”

    1. Dinger says:

      They can assemble, but there is no right to camp and use everywhere for a toilet. Occupy Mom’s basement!

  8. Wiseguy says:

    Occupy the front lawn of the State house so Guv’ OWEmalley and the rest of the crooks of maryland can deal with them for a while.

  9. Liberal Soldier says:

    Best police force the wealthy can pay for. Get rid of those protesting against the rich and powerful. Next stop should be the 2012 election ballot boxes. Sure can’t get the police to stop Americans from voting. LOL

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