Occupy Wilmington gives up protest spot for now
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Occupy Wilmington has gone from street protests to camping for their cause, but the group now says it has hit a speedbump. The protestors have been asked to leave their position near City Hall, and for the most part they have done so.
A few days ago members of Occupy Wilmington received a handwritten note from the wilmington police. The note told the group they can no longer have tents or sleep outside City Hall unless they are sitting upright.
Occupy Wilmington members say sleeping there without a tent is a safety hazard, so they will no longer stay there.
Although they are still allowed to stand and protest near City Hall, for the most part the group has left that spot. Protestors says they are trying to get a few new ideas. They made it very clear, though, that they are not giving up.
“We’re revisiting how we need to operate in Wilmington,” Occupy Wilmington member Mary-Kate Crum said. “I mean, a lot of the other occupations are a bit more showy and loud, and I’m totally down with that. I stand in solidarity with it, but we also need to keep in mind that we’re in Wilmington. This is the South. We want to be nice.”
Some of the Occupy members question the legality and the credibility of the handwritten note from police, but they say they are picking and choosing their battles.
The group says it is still holding weekly information meetings, but it does not know where the next protest will be.
Members also say they are trying to do more community outreach instead of those protests.
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