Occupy Syracuse ignores the Mayorâ??s order to leave
Wed, 18 Jan 2012 13:14:37 GMT —
Occupy Syracuse protesters remain at their camp along South Salina Street.
On Wednesday night, fire investigators stopped by the camp twice to look for safety violations. They were specifically looking for propane tanks.
Protesters tell us fire officials did not find anything that would compromise safety.
Occupy Syracuse protestors had expected to see police around 8:00 a.m. Wednesday. They
were given 24 hours to leave their camp
where they have been for several months.
Syracuse Police vans and cars were in the area, but no officers got out of their vehicles at the Occupy Syracuse camp.
Wednesday morning, in anticipation of eviction, a protester
streamed video live
on the web while those around her held signs, sang songs, and chanted.
Tuesday morning, Mayor Miner and Syracuse Fire Chief Mark McLees asked protestors to vacate within 24 hours, citing safety concerns. But not everyone planned to leave.
"I'm definitely going to stand my ground. This is a hiccup not a hindrance to the movement," said occupier Kaitlyn Shanahan.
"I'm not going anywhere," says Jon Grey, who has been at the camp for 105 days. "They can come here and fight us if they want to. They can take away our tents if they want to, but it's our constitutional right to peaceably assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."