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Occupy COMO remains in place, despite threat to remove group

Monday, November 21, 2011 | 10:35 p.m. CST
Occupy COMO protesters set up a tent and umbrella Monday morning in front of the Daniel Boone City Building. The umbrella reads, "Can not evict." John Glascock, director of public works, told the protesters that they had until Monday to move out.

COLUMBIA — A tent at the center of an Occupy protest outside City Hall remains in place, despite a city ultimatum to move.

The tent and other camping equipment were still on the site at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Protesters said they are using the tent and its spray-painted slogans to convey their message rather than as a place to sleep.

City officials threatened to bring in police if demonstrators didn't clean up their belongings on Monday.

The city Public Works Department said the demonstrators are violating an ordinance against blocking sidewalks. City officials also said the protesters are damaging municipal property by leaving stains near the Daniel Boone City Building.

A city spokeswoman said the Occupy group planned to ask the City Council for storage space.

 


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Ed Lane November 22, 2011 | 10:24 a.m.

The City needs to quit panpering these idiots. Tell them to move, if they don't move, MOVE them!!!!!! It would be nice if they did something constructive like GET A JOB!!!!!

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Michael Williams November 22, 2011 | 10:54 a.m.

Now we get to see who's the best poker player.

Did you bluff, Columbia? Or are you holdin' the cards?

Cards on the table, please. Let's see what y'all got......

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Ray Shapiro November 22, 2011 | 12:24 p.m.

If the Occupy group wanted to demonstrate their concerns for the most needy of the so-called 99%, I'm certain that Regency Trailer Park residents would welcome their help packing up for their big move.
Heck, as guests of the residents, they might even be able to set up tents and link arms to protest the big, corporate developer who's forcing these folks out.
Just watch out for that pepper spray.

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