11 Occupy Protesters Arrested At U Of M Rally

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — Eleven protesters connected with the Occupy Wall Street movement have been arrested on the 10th Avenue Bridge for creating a public nuisance or obstructing traffic.

The protesters were rallying at the University of Minnesota against what they call corporate greed. All 11 had announced their intention in advance to be arrested, according to Sgt. William Palmer, of the Minneapolis Police Department.

About 40 demonstrators gathered on the plaza outside Northrop Auditorium in solidarity with other Occupy protests nationwide Thursday on the two-month anniversary of the movement’s birth in New York.

They chanted slogans like “Up with people” and “Down with greed” before marching off toward downtown Minneapolis, where protesters have been occupying the plaza outside the Hennepin County Government Center since Oct. 7.

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  • Career Guy

    Oh Gawd..These people really need to find a place to bathe,set some goals & get a job..And lose those stupid masks.

    • MIke

      Typical right wing propaganda. Thinking outside the box or independently has never been a strong part of your character.
      Career Guy? Working at McDonald’s as a dishwasher is not a career lemming.

      • Mr. T

        Are you bragging or complaining?

      • Ferris Lind

        Oh and let me guess Dem’s are doing A+++++++ in your world

      • AntiTeabagger

        Another one who’s parents told him he wasn’t a loser, but the last winner!

      • mike

        Typical left ta rd thinking…. give me give me mentality MIke. These stinking low life piles of panty waste are getting no where. Society is laughing at each and everyone of these c hit heads and you as well.

        • jackactionhero

          Um, no they’re not. The movement is gaining momentum across the GLOBE. Sounds like Mikey hasn’t been paying attention.

          You are part of the 99%, Mike. Sign your membership card and remember who you are.

          • AntiTeabagger

            JackmeHoff, I was wondering when you would chime in! Hows the hard on for CEO’s going? So is that the new Viagra for you or what?

          • jackactionloser

            Yeah there is sure a lot of momentum… all those yahoo threads and the most popular comments sure show all the support! LOL!!!!!!!


        • Mark


          Ghandi said it best (if you don’t know who that is, I suggest you read a history book.);

          First they ignore you;
          Then they laugh at you;
          Then they fight you…

          Then you win!

          We are not going away. We know our first ammendment rights, and we WILL excercise those rights.

          I am married over 20 years, and have 2 children and 3 grandchildren
          I have and work multiple jobs,
          I am a veteran.
          I love my country, at least what it once was, but not what it has morphed into.

          Oh, and I bathe as often as I need, which is usually daily because of the work I do.

    • Greg

      Not enough jobs out there to put a stupid roof over our heads.

  • :)

    Once the protests start to become non-peacefull they should lose the right to protest. Why cause a rucuss, this is starting to cost taxpayers way too much money.

    • Katie Elizabeth Brown

      So you must see no purpose for civil disobedience? You better not be a woman than, or an African American. Because there was a lot of civil disobedience over this country’s history that lead to the rights of women and African Americans. Doesn’t surprise me that you are not familiar with this country’s history, which has had many many many periods of civil disobedience to influence change. Sorry, but your comment is just laughable. You, like so many, are doing just what the rich people want you to do, keep uninformed and uninterested.

      • fkafka


        You’re new to this. Protesters in the 60’s were standing up for civil rights and being drafted before they could think and drink – this Occupy bunch is just a few old Communists and young people who demand broadband to chat and cause trouble. After this is all done, there will still be people better off and worse off than you or me. Life’s not fair, but it’e not unfair either.

        • frankie

          Gosh I love the stupidity of people like you making generalizationss about people you have never met. Life may not be fair but you still have to stand up to the bs and change opinions. Reads some history to discoverr how the workers advanced theiir plight and pay

          • Common Cents

            You must be talking about the workers from Crystal Sugar ;o)

            • Frankie

              try some history

    • A Voter

      Wasn’t this country founded on civil disobedience?
      Maybe those who object to it should go back to wherever their ancestors came

  • Mr. T

    Now if these people were picketing against the big labor unions and Fannie and Freddie, I would be with them! You talk about greed!! And last week, KSTP reported that UM student tuition was too high and in the next news segment reported the 1-5 UM football coach got a contract extension for 1.2 million dollars a year for seven years…. Ignorance is acceptable down to a certain level but stupidity should not be an excuse for college kids and the news media………..

    • spot on


  • Katie Elizabeth Brown

    Civil disobedience has gotten a lot accomplished through out history. For instance, the rights of women, and African Americans Civil rights movement. You are right, Mike, typical right wing propaganda. I feel WCCO is also swaying this story to the right wing view point also. I support the protesters, and the right to protest! If you aren’t angry with how things in this country are going, then you aren’t paying attention, which means you are ignorant. Rich people can have their money, if and only if the rest of the country is doing well. How much is too much money? And when do we demand that the other 99% of the country is taken care of? This is not the country my great grandparents and grandparents wanted for me. They believed in paying taxes to live in a country that was safe, clean and afforded help to those who need it. WAKE UP!

    • CommieProtesters

      What the heck are you talking about? Most Americans are angry…angry that government consumes 40% of GDP and we are told everyday that is not enough. The rich are nowhere near as greedy as our government.

      • Mike

        Why has their been an increase from 300 to over 37,000 registered lobbyists over the last 25 years? Why did the banksters get bailed out with no interest loans, but millions of people affected by their entitled immoral financial schemes get nothing, but higher taxes and loss of beneficial programs that they paid for? Why do the rich have the lowest tax structure, but have produced no jobs? Why did Republican George Bush keep five trillion dollars off the books and stick it to our current Presidents budget? Why did Republicans run up a budget, crash our economy and try to delay it until a Democrat was in office? Why did our local legislature change the Home Credit formula in July and now we are all seeing property tax increases while they want to cut business taxes and those for the wealthy?
        Now, tell me again how the rich and our government are not beholden to greed.

        • Desert Eagle .50

          It isn’t an “immoral financial scheme” when a homebuyer signs a mortgage he can’t possibly afford. Yes, the banks are guilty of greed by offering terms to intice buyers into mortgages that will be worthless, but the greedy homebuyers signed on the dotted line. What about their greed.

          I just got my property tax statement from Dakota County. My tax went up less than 1%.

          The “rich” you pee and moan about also includes a lot of small businessmen who create many jobs.

          You clearly have an arm’s length relationship with reality, on a good day.

        • please

          Who forced banks to give those loans to people who couldn’t afford them mr know it all. What a dumb fool.

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  • Kevin

    This is BS! How does stopping real Americans from going to work do anything to those evil banks? Again I ask….are any of these POS even from MN? Do any of them have a “job”? And again.. does a dozen morons waving signs merit ALL OF THIS MEDIA????? Instead of covering this morons…why doesnt WCCO do stories on war heros???? Or police or fireman heros???? Or better yet…begin to interview these morons so we can be touched by their wisdom???

    • TickleMePink

      Well said!

    • AntiTeabagger

      Amen, as a Vet, I am happy to hear someone has sense like I do!

      I mean I fought for this freedom, but this is embarrassing to watch. They have no leadership, no goals, no objectives and no clear agenda in what they are doing. They are no better then a bunch of punks walking the neighborhood bullying people

      • Mike

        You fought for freedom? It may have been the case in World War II, but since then, not so much. If you served in the last 25 years it has been for big business, greed and a lust for oil. I too have served our country, but I was never as confused as you to see the purpose.
        Idolizing policeman and fireman for doing their jobs? That is laughable considering their is not a day in the USA where a policeman is either under indictment, or facing charges for criminal acts. Policeman and fireman may do heroic things, but so do many others without half the entitled benefits. Holding them up as hero’s is a good example of demagoguery at best.

        PS. Agreeing with Kevin makes you a moron too.

        • AntiTeabagger

          If you have servered your country like you claim you did, then yes, you fought for freedom. Keeping people who want to take away American lives and causing our American way of life to disapear , yes, you fough for freedom. You people hidding behind the “big man “whitey” corporate bull is getting old. I joined the military because I beleived that my job was to protect our rights, but stopping those who wanted to take it away from us.

          Just like the terriorist do today. You need to wake up my friend, either tha, move to another country, because obviously you didn’t get the entire part as to why you served this country. And as far as the police and fireman, they do their jobs well. However, they are two totally different catagories. How can you compare a combat colder with a fireman or police officer?

    • IMA POS Kevin

      You are what you call people POS. Was your head up part of your body when they show the fire stories, thee national guard coming and going? Yes it is pointless to block traffic, but your comments past that can only be described as small minded drivel from a POS hater

    • Kevin and Mike

      Heroes. Not heros or hero’s you fools.

  • A Voter

    One things for sure the media doesn’t have to waste its time interviewing Kevin, he just told us everything we need to know about his lack of wisdom.
    Take out your frustration on the evil banks, corporations, and the Supreme Court.
    Don’t shoot the messenger.

    • A Voter

      He He He, struck a nerve did I? :o)
      Work hard Kevin I need my S.S. check.

      • Kevin

        Thanks A Voter….I do work hard……I enjoy it….and I hope you enjoy life on your SS Check…..thats why we work…..to help those who can not……have a great Chirstmas….

      • Smarter than you

        I love stuff like this… “I need my S.S. check”…
        These old farts are the type that I enjoy so much.

        I especially love buying things from them and selling them back for 10 fold.
        That’s how I pay for your S.S… You just pay for it yourself. :)

    • Mike

      Kevin, save your diatribe for your next therapy session with Bozo the clown.
      You arguments and opinions are so far to the right, your head has become one with your derriere.

  • Billy Has A Gun

    Im with you bro! My Mossberg 500 could use a work out! I hope all H*ll breaks loose…trust me “the voter” is the first to go!! I hate commies! And I hate liberals even more! Keep the faith bro…there are more of us than there are these glitter throwing wussifications!

    • A Voter

      Big, Bad, Billy Has a Gun,
      Terroristic threats won’t help your cause.
      Any fool can own a gun, and many do.

    • AntiTeabagger

      Thanks goodness for the 2nd amendment huh! ;)

      • Desert Eagle .50

        If you don’t like the 2nd ammendment, then stop practicing the 1st, and STFU.

        • antiteabagger

          I was in favor of the 2nd, learn how to read.

          • Desert Eagle .50

            STFU anyway, and learn how to express yourself clearly in English, your 2nd language maybe? Like Sarah Palin you have no first language.

  • K

    40 people is not a protest, its a football team.

  • Old Man Winter

    It is time for these people to get a life. Obviously they have no jobs and no goals and are on some form of government assistant to sit around and do nothing. I know most people are sick of these clowns and do not want to end up paying more in taxes to let them do nothing all day. As a citizen of Hennipen County I would like the police to get rid of these clowns and send them the bill for the last two months. As much as I hate the snow and cold I hope we get some really nasty windy sub-zero nights to get these people out of the street and back where ever they came from.

    • jackactionhero

      So you agree a CEO of a bankrupt company should lay off workers, and give himself a 10 million dollar bonus, while accepting 180 million dollars from the government to bail it out of its financial woes?

      You have no problem with that, eh? Interesting…

  • Schae

    from another post I saw earlier: “The only problem is, that this action does NOT affect the 1%, it adversely affects the 99%, who cannot get to their jobs. You are willing to hurt the small people, to get publicity?
    When that becomes your philosophy, you will quickly lose legitimacy… Why not go out and find a job, any job. And please do not tell me that there are none. People who want to work, truly want to work, will take any job available to help support themseves. This includes flipping burgers, janitorial or washing dishes. The problem is that some people, not all, believe that these jobs are beneath them. They would reather have the state pay them for doing nothing. They would like for me to support them, by having money taken from me and given to them.” Also, the First Amendment right to free speech does NOT give anybody the right to DELIBERATELY break the law!

    • jackactionhero

      This is not a roving gang of homeless, unemployed people. You do know that, right?

      • Schae

        jackactionhero, why don’t you READ the posts before making idiotic comments like the one you just made. Where in the post does it say ANYTHING about a roving gang of homeless, unemployed people? NO WHERE! There are unemployed people taking part in these “protests” who would rather have a job that they THINK they’re entitled to without working hard and moving up. And from walking by the Government plaza everyday, some of these people there could really use to CLEAN UP!

    • frozenrunner

      Make a dummy resume with education and experience and apply for any of these jobs and see the response you will get. Or make it appear you are over 50.

  • Dah "WINNING"

    These people are heros, lol I mean zeros!

  • cntrlfrk

    Has Obama told his Astro-turfing Brown-shirts what they are protesting yet?

    Do they care or are they just happy to be serving Dear Leader?


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