Occupation of the People's Plaza

Written by Ruth Kappes on .

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At 9:00 this morning, a small group of individuals tricked in to the Government Plaza- thereafter deemed the "People's Plaza" by a large sign taped on the ground in front of the transit stop.

Slowly the numbers grew from twenty to forty, and then a hundred or so.

Huddled in a group on the city-side of the plaza, they heard speakers, chanted their demands (posted on the event's website), and found solidarity in repeating everything spoken through the microphone- including "mic check."

 

Some were protesting against corporations and "banksters," while others advocated for clean water and gay rights.

 

The signs included messages such as "Together We Stand, United We Occupy" and "Humans are the only species that have to pay to live on this planet- Why?" and "1 in 6 Americans live in Poverty." Fervently were they waved through the air as the crowd chanted: "Banks got bailed out; we got sold out!"

 

Meanwhile reporters and photographers circled the plaza- gathering information for the event's coverage- as notable figures such as Rep. John Marty (DFL-Roseville), former Governor Jesse Ventura, and Mayor R.T. Rybak showed their solidarity.

 

Compared to what has been reported in New York, the event was low key and generally unorganized. If the occupation is going to last much longer, it will need a cause and greater conviction.

 

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