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'Occupy Raleigh' protesters being evicted from downtown camp

Posted February 20, 2012
Updated March 18, 2012

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— Like countless others in the 99 percent of the U.S. population they claim to represent, members of the "Occupy Raleigh" protest movement are being kicked out of their home.

Businessman Rob Baumgart, who has leased a vacant lot to the protesters since November, gave them an eviction notice last week unless they obtain liability insurance coverage.

Protesters used the 2,500-square-foot lot near West and Edenton streets as a place to organize, sleep and eat while they picketed at the Capitol Building downtown. They used portable generators so they could cook and heat their tents, brought in portable toilets and set up a makeshift library.

Baumgart rented the site for $400 a month, but once his insurance company learned of the arrangement, they threatened to drop his coverage on the property.

The insurer demanded that the protesters get liability insurance, and Baumgart told them they had until the end of the month to get coverage or pack up and leave.

Authorities have made dozens of arrests at protests the group has held since October at the Capitol, Crabtree Valley Mall and other locations.


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  • JohnFLob Feb 21, 2012

    mjrschwartz February 20, 2012 4:26 p.m.

    Your post was very depressing. I did not know that before the OWS people showed up no one or group had ever addressed the plight of the poor and homeless. Until the OWS showed up I did not know there were poor people without homes or jobs.

  • Sherlock Feb 21, 2012

    Great move, time for this 99% to get real jobs and stop living off the government

  • Crumps Br0ther Feb 21, 2012

    "At least they are more dedicated than the Tea Baggers

    Tea baggers got what they wanted; election wins. What has Occupy gotten besides citations, pepper sprayed, arrested, and evicted everywhere they went?

  • Crumps Br0ther Feb 21, 2012

    HA HA! Your movement has become marginalized!

  • WooHoo2You Feb 20, 2012

    They need to be evicted, if they want handouts, they can move to England, here they need to learn how to work for what they want. NO BODY OWES THEM ANYTHING.-babedan

    But you spend your day on golo telling everyone what the government should be doing for you. Funny!

  • Hubris Feb 20, 2012

    "Sure you can! All you have to do is provide some sort of goods or a service that people like, and do it in a unique way. If you have talent, drive, ambition and a creative mind... " mep

    Amen! Amen! The problem is they don't teach entrepreneurish in schools. Their used to be something called Junior Acheivement that did just that. We need to get back to those days when 12 year boys delivered newspapers, not grown men and women. (Ok, maybe newspapers are bad example since no one reads them anymore.)

  • babedan Feb 20, 2012

    They need to be evicted, if they want handouts, they can move to England, here they need to learn how to work for what they want. NO BODY OWES THEM ANYTHING.

  • WooHoo2You Feb 20, 2012

    @Babbleon please tell that to the founder of Facebook...-ForTheLoveOf

    Great, so the odds of winning the lotto.....

  • clearwaterman Feb 20, 2012

    These people need a job!

  • affirmativediversity Feb 20, 2012

    Where did their token "disabled" protester go? It doesn't look like any of their tents are wheelchair or lawn chair accessible!