Otherwise, they still can walk around with signs and protest, but can't camp out anymore. Considering the housing cost to stay in NYC, unless they bus them in and out each day, looks like this will end shortly. The Mormons have really been cracking down on them in Salt Lake City.
I remember reading about thousands of dollars collected for aid to OWS, but it seems the leaders of that disappeared as they were replaced by general homeless people who normally inhabited other areas of the city. This seems to be the pattern followed in the other cities too. Where did the leaders go and where did the money collected go? Will anyone investigate?
Some local officials say the camps, which offer food
and shelter, have drawn the homeless, street youths and a criminal
element that jeopardizes public safety.
"The encampment idea became hijacked by people who
were more interested in a party," Sergeant Pete Simpson, a spokesman for
the Portland Police Bureau, said today in a telephone interview.
When protesters began camping in Portland on Oct. 6,
"the groups that day were people who have been committed to the
movement," Simpson said. "Then those people started leaving and the
homeless population and street youth began moving in. Many of the initial leaders that the city dealt with
have since left and the group is fractured, Nutter said. The mayor said
he wants to avoid confrontation with the Occupy movement and agrees with
them on issues such as unemployment, poverty and bank lending.
"Now we're at a critical point where we must re-evaluate our entire relationship with this very changed group," he said.