Poll: Are OccupyMN Tents Part of Right to Dissent?

Deputies and police removed protesters' tents Thursday.

OccupyMN demonstrators in Minneapolis had another round of confrontations with authorities Thursday, as deputies and police officers removed tents they had set up outside the Hennepin County Government Center and then Minneapolis City Hall.

The county action took place in the early hours of the morning. Minneapolis police arrested two people about four hours later, at about 8:30 a.m.

OccupyMN won the right to affix signs to government property but not to have tents in court ruling on a suit () filed by the American Civil Liberties Union-Minnesota.

The showdown was in some ways a repeat of Oct. 15-16, when protesters installed both home-made and manufactured tents, .

Videos: Dan Feidt uploaded video to YouTube of the Wednesday and the early Thursday. The Star Tribune has video of an arrest later Thursday morning at City Hall. Patch has video from shortly after the arrests in the morning.

Jeff Wilfahrt - Andrews Round Table December 12, 2011 at 03:24 PM
To my way of thinking the tents are symbolic. The tents symbolize that there is staying power to the efforts of OWS to raise consciousness about what it means to participate in our would be democracy. And since I sleep in my own bed the presence of the tents doesn't really irritate me one bit. In fact, like the lyrical phrase "that our flag was still there" relative to our collective symbol Old Glory, I take some comfort that OWS continues to persist, or to paraphrase "that the tents are still there." Democracy is not a thing that thrives on stasis. Change is needed and indeed is the only constant. The tents will leave when change occurs. The tents are symbolic indeed. And if the sight of them bothers a person, then look the other way.
roger b hess jr December 12, 2011 at 03:56 PM
that's right, many "occupy" sites have 99 tents, usually small, clear plastic ones that can be carried during marches as symbols, and have nothing to do with providing shelter. every crime that has been listed occurs in parks throughout minnesota every year, without the presence of "occupy" protesters. i am glad to see people going out to protest, and protesting a variety of subjects. americans have sat quietly and passively for way too long while our freedoms have been taken away from us in the name of "safety" - what happened to "give me liberty or give me death" and we still tell our military personnel that it is noble to die for freedom, yet we quietly let the government take complete control of our lives. the federal government condemns the cracking down of foreign governments on protesters in other countries, but seems to allow the violence that police in the US are using right here against these mostly peaceful protesters. what was the point of spraying protesters sitting quietly with harsh chemicals?
Ken Coy December 12, 2011 at 07:14 PM
Semantics, huh? No, just an out and out lie. They are NOT the 99% and they're not the majority (or did you take a poll). They are the one percent who see people with something they don't have, decide they want what this other person has, but want it given to them instead of working for it like the other 99% do. Likening these crybabies' actions (pooping on police cars, whining because they're cold) to the people who gave up everything (those people were the wealthy you rail against) and fought and died in the American Revolution? Give me a break. No leader? More semantics! Or are you seriously trying to convince us that these people just happened to show up at a specific place without any suggestion by anyone else? A leader doesn't have to give orders, he just needs followers.
Ken Coy December 12, 2011 at 07:26 PM
Following Mr. Parker's suggestion (yes, he is a leader) i did more reading and discovered that Mr. Wilfahrt is correct is saying that the tents are symbolic. Every time the police have removed the tents in the evening, almost none of them have been occupied. Almost all of the protesters go home at night to get a good meal and sleep in a warm bed while pretending that they have to endure extreme hardships to make their protest. I have to admit that I'm impressed by their duplicity.
mike December 26, 2011 at 04:40 PM
Funny .......... ask how many of them voted for the current president... have u seen the change?????????


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