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'Occupy Raleigh' takes to sidewalks outside State Capitol

Posted October 23, 2011

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— Denied a permit to camp out at the old State Capitol, local supporters of the "Occupy Wall Street" movement took to the sidewalks in downtown Raleigh overnight this weekend.

Dozens of people gathered and demonstrated on sidewalks surrounding the State Capitol building at 1 E. Edenton St. overnight Saturday. The sidewalks are public property.

The Occupy Raleigh group had sought a permit to camp out on the grounds of the State Capitol from Saturday through Oct. 30, but its application was denied Friday.

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The state Department of Administration told the group that it could reapply under guidelines limiting property use to four hours. The agency has also said there aren't enough State Capitol Police to provide extended security.

Occupy Raleigh organizers said the four-hour limit fails to account for the extent of the economic and political problems their movement seeks to address.

About 400 people took part in an Occupy Raleigh rally on the State Capitol grounds last Saturday. Raleigh police arrested 20 people who refused to leave the grounds after the permit expired. Officers allowed about 75 protesters who moved to the sidewalk to stay.

Small demonstrations continued this week on the sidewalks around the State Capitol grounds.

The Occupy Wall Street protests began a month ago in New York and have drawn tens of thousands in similar demonstrations around the country and the world.

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  • juncyard v2 Oct 24, 2011

    the tea baggers hate these guys because they spell their signs correctly.....

  • bigballs Oct 24, 2011

    These people every single one voted Obama and their hero /babysitter, has not produced the Garden of Eden. Now their mad and to proud to blame him.

  • AlbertEinstein Oct 24, 2011

    I counted eight "protesters" at lunch today... not hardly worth the effort. Personally, they should really consider their "return on investment" for doing nothing. Oh wait... that is what they want - redistribution of wealth so that they can continue to get something for nothing.

  • bill0 Oct 24, 2011

    bgcoving- unfortunately, most of that list is just a bunch of nothing. Supreme court decisions can't be overturned. Student debt is, well, debt owed to private companies. The government can't just tell companies they have to forgive the debt. Reorganize the fed - In what way? Prosecution of financial managers - under what law? You can't change the law to make things retroactively illegal. You might think it is horrible that they lobbied to get lax laws passed, but the reality is that those laws were passed and their actions were legal at the time.

  • Follow_The_Money27617 Oct 24, 2011

    I keep hearing what the OWS people are against, but I have yet to hear any coherent suggestions for solutions from them. Do they actually have any, or are they just into complaining and wanting the government to "fix things"?
    PickAnotherID
    October 24, 2011 2:14 p.m.
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    It depends are where you're "hearing" this. The key for you would be go and talk to them yourself. Its really easy and much more reliable than waiting for a TV or computer to do your homework for you. Why do people feel they are entitled to "facts" from a TV? GO AND TALK TO THEM YOURSELF!!!

  • bgcoving Oct 24, 2011

    I keep hearing what the OWS people are against, but I have yet to hear any coherent suggestions for solutions from them. --PickAnotherID

    There have been a number of solutions to issues proposed that get lost in the mainstream media's rush to tar the OWS movement as a fringe effort. Overturning the Citizen's United ruling by the USC to get corporate money out of politics, repeal of Gramm-Leach-Bliley act of 1999, re-enactment of Glass-
    Steagal and regulated divestiture, student loan relief, re-organization of the Fed to get it out of the hands of banks and corporate America, prosecution of financial managers responsible for the economic meltdown of '07-08 -- all things that are workable solutions if our political parties had any willpower that wasn't bought or sold by campaign contributions and lobbyists.

  • WolfPackAlum Oct 24, 2011

    >>"I find that very hard beleive. Go through your house, look at all your clothes, chilrens toys, kitchen applicanes, electronics, etc. etc. How many "Made in China's" do you find? A lot more than "Made in America", that's for sure."

    It's true, and backed up by easily accessible data. Whether you choose to believe it or not is your problem. US trade data is tracked in exacting detail by the Census Bureau. See here: http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/country/

  • PickAnotherID Oct 24, 2011

    I keep hearing what the OWS people are against, but I have yet to hear any coherent suggestions for solutions from them. Do they actually have any, or are they just into complaining and wanting the government to "fix things"?

  • Jeremiah Oct 24, 2011

    "Thats funny right there. Sweatshops like 3rd world countries if not for unions. Completely untrue and has nothing to do with the problems unions causes but funny none the less"

    i think it's funny that you try to counter a comment with nothing but your opinion. how is completely untrue? and my point was that unions are responsbile for improving working conditions. but i can tell that you're completely anti-union, so i'm sure you don't recognize any of that stuff. funny.

  • RM24 Oct 24, 2011

    Unions are another reason we're in this mess, but no one wants to blame them."

    Care to expand on that? If it wasn't for Unions, we'd have children sweatshops like in 3rd world countries, too.
    Jeremiah

    Thats funny right there. Sweatshops like 3rd world countries if not for unions. Completely untrue and has nothing to do with the problems unions causes but funny none the less.

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