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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Officers Remove Tents Set Up By Occupy Minnesota « CBS Minnesota

Officers Remove Tents Set Up By Occupy Minnesota « CBS Minnesota

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Bruce Hagevik

Reporting Bruce Hagevik

OccupyMN Protesters Defy Tent Ban

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Law enforcement officers early Sunday removed about a dozen tents set up by Occupy Minnesota.

The tents were pitched on the plaza of the Hennepin County Government Center in defiance of a county directive. Some members of Occupy Minnesota praised the way police and sheriff’s deputies carried out the removal.

“The police weren’t really that mean. They were actually pretty nice and informative,” said one protester.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Bruce Hagevik Reports

Another man who spent Saturday night in a sleeping bag on the government center plaza agreed.

“The police officers that were coming to take our tents away were very peaceable and I was impressed,” he said.

Despite cool nights, Occupy Minnesota continues its demonstration.

“I know the world itself is hearing us. Many nations you’re seeing the same thing happening that’s happening here,” a protester said.

There were no arrests or injuries during the tent removal around 1 a.m. Sunday.

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what a free country we live in the goverment tell people what to do go to hell america lets move to canada

October 16, 2011 at 11:33 am | Reply | Report comment


b, pack your bags and leave. I am pretty sure a ride could be arranged

October 16, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Reply | Report comment


“The police weren’t really that mean. They were actually pretty nice and informative,”

That’s what we want. Nice and Informative Police.


October 16, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Reply | Report comment


If only these same law enforcement officers would assist in helping clean up the banks, financial institutions and government officials who got us in this mess; now that would be something to write about.

October 16, 2011 at 11:39 am | Reply | Report comment


My girl and I have jobs and a house payment thats $900, I wasn’t aware there was a problem, perhaps you made some mistakes in your own life.

October 16, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Reply | Report comment


There are problems. If the conservative mindset wasn’t “I have mine and I don’t care enough to notice if others have theirs”, maybe more people would have taken notice of what is happening in their own country! Our country is controlled by 1% of the population and you think that’s okay? What happens if YOU lose you jobs? What happens if one of you gets sick and can’t work.? I can’t believe you haven’t noticed ANYTHING!!!!! This is no longer the America I grew up in we have stopped going forward because the Military/Industrial complex has taken over this country. You need to live outside your own little world and read! Stop listening to the MSM they are controlled and owned by 5 corporations. Start finding your news on the internet where the info is truthful because it has not been taken over by big corporations with agendas!

October 16, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Reply | Report comment


Your finally finding out what Obama was all about and I guess you don’t like it. Well its not wall street, its not the rich, its not banks, its the government you voted into office. Your misguilded rants make no sense. Obama had two years with a total dem congress to do anything he wanted. He did and this is the result. Don’t like it, vote him out of office.

October 16, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Reply | Report comment


If I lose my job I will get another even if it’s for less money, it’s called taking some pride in yourself, many with problems created their own, homes they can’t afford, expensive cars, try living within your means. Glad you believe the internet is the place to go for the real world lol, The world is a everchanging place everyday new problems arise that are different from past issues in other times of this world. Welfare has changed the face of the country, many are rewarded for spreading their legs for paychecks, so I hope those people end up with nothing they’re not human beings.

October 16, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Reply | Report comment

What Next?

Really? Many, many, many people died so the unwashed have their right to protest. No rights, however, are absolute. NO TENTS is not a hard concept to grasp!

October 16, 2011 at 11:49 am | Reply | Report comment


It’s up to congress to clean up the mess. Law enforcement is just that…
enforce the law, not make the laws. I’m glad the police removed the
tents, as NOT doing so would just encourage the protesters to cross
the line again. Personally, I think they should be taking their protest
to the politicians who raise our taxes, burden us with stupid laws,
and waste our money on pork barrel politics and their own pensions
& perks.

October 16, 2011 at 11:58 am | Reply | Report comment

See BS

We have the largest poor people on the planet, people come here from all over the world to buy $260 worth of tombstone pizza with EBT cards and play video games in Air Conditioning.

Public Universities breed “useful idiots”, radicals and extremists so hippie draft dodging “arts and Humanities” professors can get a million dollars in benefits from the public when they retire.

It’s not banks ripping off the public at all.

October 16, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Reply | Report comment


Seriously? Corporations hire idiots with huge buyout packages if they can’t do they job. Yet it’s the educators you attack. Seriously?

October 16, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Reply | Report comment

See BS

Last week WCCO showed some guy in North Minnapolis trying to get black people mad because public schools are missing $150 million dollars from the mortgage foreclosoure crisis.

$150 million dolllars will help a lot of black people start their own restaurants, blunt wrap and music stores…

They don’t need nerdy white liberal elitists to close their “Achivement gap”, they like working more than going to school for their whole life.

October 16, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Reply | Report comment


@See B.S. No, it’s the billions of dollars in taxpayer funded handouts to the multinational corporations that are the problem. The subsidies to the poor, elderly, disabled, etc. are mere drops in the bucket of the taxpayer-funded governmental subsidies to the uber wealthy and corporations. But don’t let reality get in the way of your delusions that the disenfranchised, poor, disabled, and powerless are the problem.

October 16, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Reply | Report comment


Hi “See BS”,

The comments appear to be more hyperbole, rather than based on evidence or reason. Two books come to mind that research and back up the assertion that the financial industry in the United States, including banks, are a direct source of our economic problems. Former Sen. Byron L. Dorgan, “Take This Job and Ship It: How Corporate Greed and Brain-Dead Politics Are Selling Out America” (2006) and Robert Scheer’s, “The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street” (2010).

October 16, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Reply | Report comment


@terrylee. A lot of this has happened before in history.

“Fleecing of the flock is the term the money changers use for the process of booms and depressions which make it possible for them to repossess property at a fraction of its worth. In 1891 a major fleece was being planned. “On Sept 1st, 1894, we will not renew our loans under any consideration. On Sept 1st we will demand our money. We will foreclose and become mortgagees in possession. We can take two-thirds of the farms west of the Mississippi, and thousands of them east of the Mississippi as well, at our own price… Then the farmers will become tenants as in England…”

1891 American Bankers Association as printed in the Congressional Record of April 29, 1913.”

Sound familiar?

October 16, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Reply | Report comment


I wonder if all these people went to their boss and said, hey im gonna need an indefinite amount of time off so i can sit on the grass, i’l let you know when i’l be back. Ok probably not because most doing this must not have jobs. I just want you all to know you’re not making a difference you will eventually go home and be forgotten, thanks for nothing!

October 16, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Reply | Report comment


If nothing comes of this it won’t because these people didn’t try. It will be because of people like you. If nothing gets changed I hope you don’t lose your job or your home. How long will your friends and relatives let you leech off them? These people have seen what the future will be if nothing is done. There are people at these sites across the country that have jobs and then come down and protest. Ever think of that? Have you ever actually thought about the problems of others and cared? People like YOU are whats wrong with this country. By the way I am one of the dirty hippies who helped stop the Viet Nam war. I stand for breaking up the monopolies, stricter regulations for banks and wall street, ending all of our completely unnecessary wars and raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans. The have gotten rich off the middle class backs and it is time ti enact greed laws to keep the 1% from destroying the whole damn country!

October 16, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Reply | Report comment


This isn’t the 60′s they can sit on the grass for 2 years it will not change anything, we’re all quite impressed you protested Vietnam, are you so blind you think there’s no work out there? I will find another job if I lose mine, My girl and I could work at gas stations and still survive, or deliver pizzas whatever, I won’t sit here or lay in the grass for months blaming others as you’ve done your whole miserable life.

October 16, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Reply | Report comment


its time to increase taxes on the wealthy.

October 16, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Reply | Report comment

Flea Baggers of the world unite!

That’s a tired slogan. And one that’s sowing the seeds of Obama’s defeat next year, so I’m glad you’re still using it. The more he sympathizes with this crowd, The more his poll numbers drop. I know I shouldn’t be telling you that, lest you come to your senses and stop using the old sixties jargon in time to save him but I honestly don’t think he’s capable of understanding how out of step with regular people you liberals are. Liberals never seem to learn.

October 16, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Reply | Report comment


Protesting at a County Building will change nothing. If you want to make an impact start protesting at the Corporate head quarters of any company that does mass lay offs. Once these companies start seeing themselves on the news for laying people off to appease share holders we will see real change. You must change the corporate mentality.

October 16, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Reply | Report comment


Problem is capitalism does not work. Because I wish not to pay taxes. So I do not have to support Bailouts, Welfare, Wars, Politicians that do not have the best interest for me and the country. But if I do not pay taxes I’ll go to jail. Unions suck!!!

October 16, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Reply | Report comment


Exactly how would a country work where no one paid taxes? That’s the most ignorant thing I’ve ever heard. Followed with a “unions suck”. Glad you’ve thought these things out for yourself. I think you could argue that some of those things do not serve YOUR (read: selfish) interest , but the best interest of the COUNTRY? I am quite certain there are lost of benefit that serve the country as a whole.

October 16, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Reply | Report comment


*there are benefits*

October 16, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Reply | Report comment


Even though the police received many compliments from the protesters I am disappointed in the police chief and the Mayor. I really thought Minnesotans would be above the taking of the tents from people who are just trying to right the wrongs of the wealthy elite. The demonstrators are doing this for US! They are trying to change what is destroying the middle class! I can’t understand people who aren’t more involved because this will effect you too!
Not one of the officers who removed the tents are apart of the wealthy elite. The protesters are doing this for YOU. They have rearranged their lives to correct the wrongs of this world! You all should be giving them the credit they deserve. To the trolls here today if this is the only job you can get is as republican troll, I pity you.

October 16, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Reply | Report comment

Flea Baggers unite!

These Flea Party protesters seem to be having quite a bit of influence on each other. They really seem to be taking each other very seriously. No one else seems to be listening but…..

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