MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Law enforcement officers early Sunday removed about a dozen tents set up by Occupy Minnesota.

The tents were pitched on the plaza of the Hennepin County Government Center in defiance of a county directive. Some members of Occupy Minnesota praised the way police and sheriff’s deputies carried out the removal.

“The police weren’t really that mean. They were actually pretty nice and informative,” said one protester.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Bruce Hagevik Reports

Another man who spent Saturday night in a sleeping bag on the government center plaza agreed.

“The police officers that were coming to take our tents away were very peaceable and I was impressed,” he said.

Despite cool nights, Occupy Minnesota continues its demonstration.

“I know the world itself is hearing us. Many nations you’re seeing the same thing happening that’s happening here,” a protester said.

There were no arrests or injuries during the tent removal around 1 a.m. Sunday.

Comments (94)
  1. b says:

    what a free country we live in the goverment tell people what to do go to hell america lets move to canada

    1. Rob says:

      b, pack your bags and leave. I am pretty sure a ride could be arranged

    2. kui says:

      “The police weren’t really that mean. They were actually pretty nice and informative,”

      That’s what we want. Nice and Informative Police.


      1. think about it says:

        Why, you want them to beat people for no reason? The police were polite and so were the protesters. You would prefer a riot?

        1. taze the bums says:

          Dude…don’t taze me, dude!

    3. T.Emmer says:

      The patchouli drenched,hacky-sack slacker crowd with their smartphones,Ipads & $4 lattes are so oppressed..Facial piercings & tiresome tattoos & a lazy attitude along with a nasty sense of entitlement and a worthless Liberal Arts degree now has you sleeping on concrete with your fellow unwashed Hipsters..You deserve every uncomfortable moment..How’s that Obama vote working for ya?

      1. me says:

        Do you just paste that same comment on every story about the protestors? Try making a comment that is meaningful rather than just insulting them.

        1. @me.me.me.me! says:

          That’s as meaningful as these flea partiers are.

          1. Ralph says:

            Hey a new group the Flea Party ROFL

    4. George Stanhope says:

      When I went to College back in the 70s I chose a course of study & degree that meant something in terms of a good living..I started a good career,made good choices,saved & invested and planned for the future..Always living within my means & being a responsible adult has kept me from becoming just another one of these whiny,begging,hand-out dependent Liberals that are sleeping on cement downtown..I feel zero guilt for my success.

      1. kate says:

        I am a liberal and don’t feel guilty for my success either. But perhaps if the banks and such used some common sense and weren’t doing shaky business deals and piling up debt because they weren’t operating within their means – but then still handing out huge bonuses, people wouldn’t be so mad. And are the people protesting actually begging for handouts? I haven’t seen any indication that they are. Or are you just making assumptions and insults because you don’t agree with them?

        1. @Kate says:

          I’m observing their disjointed assembly that’s lacking any real plan or objective or leadership or articulate statement.

    5. mira says:

      Yes, moron, in a civilized socitey the police have the right to enforce the laws that you bottomfeeders are breaking. You’re lucky they’re not showing up with tear gas and billy clubs.

      1. me says:

        unlike the laws that the conservatives break and get away with. Hence the protests against it. Perhaps if the laws were enforced on the insder tading, fraud, etc. they wouldn’t feel the need to protest.

    6. TARP Recipients says:

      Why are they not protesting obama and the white house do these protesters not know what is going on all the money he wasted on these coprs GM Solyndra,GE
      TARP Recipients
      CitigroupCitigroup, Inc. N
      Change: +0.76 – +2.75%
      as of 10/14/2011 4:00pm
      Inc. (New York) — $45 billion

      JPMorgan ChaseLoading… & Co. (New York) – $25 billion

      Wells Fargo & Co. (San Francisco) — $25 billion

      Bank of America Corp. (Charlotte, N.C.) — $15 billion

      Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (New York) — $10 billion

      Merrill Lynch & Co. (New York) — $10 billion

      Morgan StanleyMorgan Stanley Co
      Change: +0.08 – +0.53%
      as of 10/14/2011 4:01pm

      US Bancorp (Minneapolis) — $6.6 billion

      Capital One Financial Corp. (McLean, Va.) — $3.55 billion

      Regions Financial Corp. (Birmingham, Ala.) — $3.5 billion

      SunTrust Banks Inc. (Atlanta) — $3.5 billion

      Fifth Third Bancorp (Cincinnati) — $3.4 billion

      BB&T Corp. (Winston-Salem, NC) — $3.1 billion

      Bank of New York MellonBank of New York
      Change: +0.13 – +0.69%
      as of 10/14/2011 4:00pm
      (New York) — $3 billion

      Keycorp (Cleveland) — $2.5 billion

      Comerica Inc. (Dallas) — $2.25 billion

      State Street Corp. (Boston) — $2 billion

      Marshall & Ilsley Corp. (Milwaukee) — $1.7 billion

      Northern Trust Corp. (Chicago) — $1.5 billion

      Huntington Bancshares Inc. (Columbus, Ohio) — $1.4 billion

      Zions Bancorporation (Salt Lake City) — $1.4 billion

      Synovus (Columbus, Ga.) — $973 million

      Popular Inc. (San Juan, Puerto Rico) — $950 million

      First Horizon National Corp. (Memphis, Tenn.) – $866 million

      M&T Bank Corp (Buffalo, N.Y.) — $600 million

      Associated Banc-Corp. (Green Bay, Wis.) — $530 million

      Webster Financial Corp. (Waterbury, Conn.) — $400 million

      City National Corp. (Beverly Hills, Calif.) — $395 million

      TCF Financial Corp. (Wayzata, Minn.) — $361 million.

      The South Financial Group (Greenville, N.C.) — $347 million

      Valley National Bancorp (Wayne, N.J.) — $330 million

      East West Bancorp (Pasadena, Calif.) — $316 million

      Citizens Republic Bancorp (Flint, Mich.) — $300 million

      Susquehanna Bancshares Inc. (Lititz, Pa.) — $300 million

      UCBH Holdings Inc. (San Francisco) — $298 million

      Cathay General Bancorp (Los Angeles) — $258 million

      FirstMerit Corp. (Akron, Ohio) — $248 million

      International Bancshares Corp. (Laredo, Tex.) — $216 million

      Trustmark Corp. (Jackson, Miss.) — $215 million

      Umpqua Holdings Corp. (Portland, Ore.) — $214 million

      Washington Federal Savings (Seattle) — $200 million

      MB Financial ( Chicago) — $193 million

      First Midwest Bancorp Inc. (Itasca, Ill.) –$193 million

      Pacific Capital Bancorp (Santa Barbara, Calif.) — $188 million.

      First Niagara Financial Group Inc. (Buffalo, N.Y.) — $186 million

      United Community Banks (Blairsville, Ga.) — $180 million

      Provident Bankshares (Baltimore) — $151 million

      Boston Private Financial Holdings Inc. (Boston) — $150 million

      Old National Bank (Evansville, Ind.) — $150 million

      Western Alliance Bancorporation (Las Vegas) — $140 million.

      CVB Financial Corp. (Ontario, Calif.) — $130 million

      Banner Corp. (Walla Walla, Wash.) — $124 million

      Signature Bank (New York) — $120 million

      Iberiabank Corp. (Lafayette, La.) — $115 million

      Taylor Capital Group Inc. (Rosemont, Ill.) — $105 million

      Midwest Banc Holdings Inc. (Melrose Park, Ill.) — $86 million

      Sandy Spring Bancorp (Olney, Md.) — $83 million.

      First Financial Bancorp. (Cincinnati) — $80 million

      Columbia Banking System Inc. (Tacoma, Wash.) — $76.9 million

      Wesbanco Inc. (Wheeling, W.Va.) — $75 million

      Southwest Bancorp (Stillwater, Okla.) — $70 million

      Superior Bancorp (Birmingham, Ala.) — $69 million

      Nara Bancorp (Los Angeles) — $67 million,

      Wilshire Bancorp (Los Angeles) — $62 million

      Great Southern Bancorp (Springfield, Mo.) — $60 million.

      Ameris Bancorp. (Moultrie, Ga.) — $52 million

      Home Bancshares Inc. (Conway, Ark.) — $50 million

      Capital Bank Corp. (Raleigh, N.C.) — $42.9 million

      Southern Community Financial Corp. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) — $42.75 million

      Heritage Commerce Corp. (San Jose., Calif.) — $40 million

      Simmons First National Corp. (Pine Bluff, Ark.) — $40 million

      Cascade Financial Corp. (Everett, Wash.) — $39 million

      Peoples Bancorp (Marietta, Ohio) — $39 million

      Porter Bancorp Inc. (Louisville, Ky.) — $39 million

      Eagle Bancorp Inc. (Bethesda, Md.) — $38.2 million

      Encore Bancshares Inc. (Houston) — $34 million.

      Bancorp Rhode Island Inc. (Providence, R.I.) — $30 million

      Severn Bancorp (Annapolis, Md.) — $30 million

      Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corp. (Gladstone, N.J.) — $28.7 million

      Intermountain Community Bancorp (Sandpoint, Idaho) — $27 million

      LNB Bancorp Inc. (Lorain, Ohio) — $25.2 million

      HF Financial Corp. (Sioux Falls, S.D.) — $25 million

      Heritage Financial Corp. (Olympia, Wash.) — $24 million.

      Wainwright Bank & Trust Co. (Boston) — $22 million

      Indiana Community Bancorp (Columbus, Ind.) — $21.5 million

      First PacTrust Bancorp Inc. (Chula Vista, Calif.) — $19.3 million

      HopFed Bancorp Inc. (Hopkinsville, Ky.) — $18.4 million.

      Bank of Commerce Holdings Inc. (Redding, Calif.) — $17 million

      1st Financial Services Corp. (Hendersonville, N.C.) — $16.3 million

      Community West Bancshares (Goleta, Calif.) — $15.6 million

      Broadway Financial Group ( Los Angeles) — $9 million

      FFW Corp. (Wabash, Ind.) — $7.3 million

      Capital Pacific Bancorp (Portland, Ore.) — $4 million

      Saigon National Bank (Westminster, Calif.) — $1.2 million


      1. In addition... says:

        And don’t the protesters realize that there has ALWAYS been a top 1% claiming 30-40% of the wealth as their own? This is not a new statistic or percentage people. It’s really never been any different. The last time it was as high as it is now was the year 1929.

          1. JGE says:

            This is my personal favorite. “Tarp Recipients” must be in the top 1%!

            1. JGE says:

              Yes, I love the “ideal” wealth distribution graph. And, yes, there is a difference between wealth and income.

              1. In addition... says:

                Hey now. I hope you don’t think I’m in disagreement with you. I get your point. The point you make below in regard to Obama being the cement is accurate. But, people need to understand that there always has been a top 1% in control of the wealth, nothing new here. Obama was handed a freakshow but his people didn’t make good distribution decisions nor did the powers in charge put controls on the bailout money and how it should be used. The banks have paid the government back. The only bailout that hasn’t been paid back was GM. The goverment go lucky with our dollars.

            2. JGE says:

              “As far as the income distribution, the most amazing numbers on income inequality will come last, showing the dramatic change in the ratio of the average CEO’s paycheck to that of the average factory worker over the past 40 years.” Hmmm, did you actually read the article? Or, just do a quick google search to find something to back up your facts? I’m in the top 10%, how about you?

              1. In addition... says:

                I don’t know where I’m at. I make short of 220,000. I would guess I’m up there.

                1. JGE says:

                  Yeah, not bad. Right around where we are. We live a good life, and I’m grateful for that, but it is not right what is happening to the average worker trying to make a good living, own a home and take care of their kids.

                2. In addition... says:

                  Agreed in total!

      2. JGE says:

        Yep, all banks that needed a bailout after their fraudulent money handling. It was Obama’s fault that they needed a bailout to stop a complete financial collapse? Come on, you don’t really believe that, do you? The damn sprung a leak due to faulty engineering and you blame the guy that comes along with the cement to try to fix it? Genius.

        1. Citizen says:

          @JGE. Deregulation of the banks and initial TARP bailout started under Bush.

        2. JMJ says:

          It is everyones fault that things have turned out the way they have. Look up Community Reinvestment Act (Bill Clinton); Arm Loans on house (even at 20 i had enough sense to know that was a bad idea); And it is not the loan companies fault if you buy a home you cant afford (It is the homebuyers job to figure out their budget). Add in eating out every night, buying gadgets you can’t afford. Cell phone plans that cost too much when a house phone would be cheaper. Immigration laws that our federal government refuses enforce. Supporting other countrys military. Scientific budgets on nonsense. Wellfare and the people who scam it. The list goes on and on.Every American needs to take a look in the mirror and point the finger at themselves.

      3. mygkidsfuture says:

        Tarp, they have protested in Washington. People are protesting in their home states. Cornell West was arrested in Washington protesting today.

    7. d says:

      You people are sheep you need to be protesting obama your just to slow to figure it out on your own

      1. mygkidsfuture says:

        If you knew what you were talking about you would know about the protests in Washington at the White House and people were arrested. Did you know there are protests almost daily at the White House? Now ever wonder why the media doesn’t cover any of them?

  2. terrylee says:

    If only these same law enforcement officers would assist in helping clean up the banks, financial institutions and government officials who got us in this mess; now that would be something to write about.

    1. Awe says:

      My girl and I have jobs and a house payment thats $900, I wasn’t aware there was a problem, perhaps you made some mistakes in your own life.

      1. mygkidsfuture says:

        There are problems. If the conservative mindset wasn’t “I have mine and I don’t care enough to notice if others have theirs”, maybe more people would have taken notice of what is happening in their own country! Our country is controlled by 1% of the population and you think that’s okay? What happens if YOU lose you jobs? What happens if one of you gets sick and can’t work.? I can’t believe you haven’t noticed ANYTHING!!!!! This is no longer the America I grew up in we have stopped going forward because the Military/Industrial complex has taken over this country. You need to live outside your own little world and read! Stop listening to the MSM they are controlled and owned by 5 corporations. Start finding your news on the internet where the info is truthful because it has not been taken over by big corporations with agendas!

        1. Kid says:

          Your finally finding out what Obama was all about and I guess you don’t like it. Well its not wall street, its not the rich, its not banks, its the government you voted into office. Your misguilded rants make no sense. Obama had two years with a total dem congress to do anything he wanted. He did and this is the result. Don’t like it, vote him out of office.

          1. Matt says:

            Problems were here before Obama. The blame game is getting old.

            1. mygkidsfuture says:

              Matt, they have real short memories!

          2. sue says:

            Except the economy started blowing up before he was even elected. Remember 2008? Perhaps if the previous admin had bothered to enforce laws it wouldn’t have been so bad.

          3. Obama had 3 years says:

            3 years to do something positive…not 2 years.

            1. check your math says:

              Elected in Nov 2008. Inagurated in Jan 2009. It is Oct 2011. Not 3 years. And you expect to revamp all of the financial sector in 2.75 years?

        2. Truth says:

          If I lose my job I will get another even if it’s for less money, it’s called taking some pride in yourself, many with problems created their own, homes they can’t afford, expensive cars, try living within your means. Glad you believe the internet is the place to go for the real world lol, The world is a everchanging place everyday new problems arise that are different from past issues in other times of this world. Welfare has changed the face of the country, many are rewarded for spreading their legs for paychecks, so I hope those people end up with nothing they’re not human beings.

          1. JimRockford says:

            “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.”
            ― Mahatma Gandhi

          2. Just Me says:

            good luck..because I have a friend who has me listed as a reference with two degrees. She has been looking for the last two years, I know this to be true because I get all of her reference calls. She has either been up against too many other equally skilled candidates, or, she has been told she’s over qualifed. Just last week, I over heard a manager at McDonalds telling someone looking for a job they were over qualified, and that they preferred someone with less skill because, they didn’t want them leaving for something better when the economy improves. Sooo getting a job for less is not always as easy as you make it sound. People forget there are more people looking then there are jobs, and sometimes they won’t take you because you have too many skills, even at fast food joints!

        3. gernomo says:

          I dont give a chit about other people. its everyone for themselves… its not a effn entitlement mentality you f stick!

  3. What Next? says:

    Really? Many, many, many people died so the unwashed have their right to protest. No rights, however, are absolute. NO TENTS is not a hard concept to grasp!

  4. Ellen says:

    It’s up to congress to clean up the mess. Law enforcement is just that…
    enforce the law, not make the laws. I’m glad the police removed the
    tents, as NOT doing so would just encourage the protesters to cross
    the line again. Personally, I think they should be taking their protest
    to the politicians who raise our taxes, burden us with stupid laws,
    and waste our money on pork barrel politics and their own pensions
    & perks.

    1. jackactionhero says:

      “Personally, I think they should be taking their protest
      to the politicians who raise our taxes, burden us with stupid laws,
      and waste our money on pork barrel politics and their own pensions
      & perks.”

      That IS what this is about, Ellen. Try not to miss the whole point, dear.

  5. See BS says:

    We have the largest poor people on the planet, people come here from all over the world to buy $260 worth of tombstone pizza with EBT cards and play video games in Air Conditioning.

    Public Universities breed “useful idiots”, radicals and extremists so hippie draft dodging “arts and Humanities” professors can get a million dollars in benefits from the public when they retire.

    It’s not banks ripping off the public at all.

    1. MonkeyPaw says:

      Seriously? Corporations hire idiots with huge buyout packages if they can’t do they job. Yet it’s the educators you attack. Seriously?

      1. See BS says:

        Last week WCCO showed some guy in North Minnapolis trying to get black people mad because public schools are missing $150 million dollars from the mortgage foreclosoure crisis.

        $150 million dolllars will help a lot of black people start their own restaurants, blunt wrap and music stores…

        They don’t need nerdy white liberal elitists to close their “Achivement gap”, they like working more than going to school for their whole life.

    2. JimRockford says:

      You can tell the Occupy movement is working by all the repub’s fighting it everywhere!!!

      “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.”
      ― Mahatma Gandhi

      1. Mosh pit party says:

        Hey Gandhi lover.

        Hit the snooze button. Who cares. Yawn. A bunch of bums gathering for a party.

        1. mygkidsfuture says:

          So Mosh if it’s that boring why are you even here or interested?

  6. Citizen says:

    @See B.S. No, it’s the billions of dollars in taxpayer funded handouts to the multinational corporations that are the problem. The subsidies to the poor, elderly, disabled, etc. are mere drops in the bucket of the taxpayer-funded governmental subsidies to the uber wealthy and corporations. But don’t let reality get in the way of your delusions that the disenfranchised, poor, disabled, and powerless are the problem.

  7. terrylee says:

    Hi “See BS”,

    The comments appear to be more hyperbole, rather than based on evidence or reason. Two books come to mind that research and back up the assertion that the financial industry in the United States, including banks, are a direct source of our economic problems. Former Sen. Byron L. Dorgan, “Take This Job and Ship It: How Corporate Greed and Brain-Dead Politics Are Selling Out America” (2006) and Robert Scheer’s, “The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street” (2010).

  8. Citizen says:

    @terrylee. A lot of this has happened before in history.

    “Fleecing of the flock is the term the money changers use for the process of booms and depressions which make it possible for them to repossess property at a fraction of its worth. In 1891 a major fleece was being planned. “On Sept 1st, 1894, we will not renew our loans under any consideration. On Sept 1st we will demand our money. We will foreclose and become mortgagees in possession. We can take two-thirds of the farms west of the Mississippi, and thousands of them east of the Mississippi as well, at our own price… Then the farmers will become tenants as in England…”

    1891 American Bankers Association as printed in the Congressional Record of April 29, 1913.”

    Sound familiar?

  9. Timewasted says:

    I wonder if all these people went to their boss and said, hey im gonna need an indefinite amount of time off so i can sit on the grass, i’l let you know when i’l be back. Ok probably not because most doing this must not have jobs. I just want you all to know you’re not making a difference you will eventually go home and be forgotten, thanks for nothing!

    1. mygkidsfuture says:

      If nothing comes of this it won’t because these people didn’t try. It will be because of people like you. If nothing gets changed I hope you don’t lose your job or your home. How long will your friends and relatives let you leech off them? These people have seen what the future will be if nothing is done. There are people at these sites across the country that have jobs and then come down and protest. Ever think of that? Have you ever actually thought about the problems of others and cared? People like YOU are whats wrong with this country. By the way I am one of the dirty hippies who helped stop the Viet Nam war. I stand for breaking up the monopolies, stricter regulations for banks and wall street, ending all of our completely unnecessary wars and raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans. The have gotten rich off the middle class backs and it is time ti enact greed laws to keep the 1% from destroying the whole damn country!

      1. @you says:

        This isn’t the 60’s they can sit on the grass for 2 years it will not change anything, we’re all quite impressed you protested Vietnam, are you so blind you think there’s no work out there? I will find another job if I lose mine, My girl and I could work at gas stations and still survive, or deliver pizzas whatever, I won’t sit here or lay in the grass for months blaming others as you’ve done your whole miserable life.

        1. mygkidsfuture says:

          @you, Woulda , coulda, shoulda. You never know what you will do until it happens.

        2. jackactionhero says:

          If you can survive on gas station attendant wages, you haven’t done a GD thing in your life anyway, and I’m guessing you don’t plan to.

          1. @jackactionZero says:

            Actually we could survive on gas station wages because we bought a home last year from some toad who got foreclosed on, because they’re like you over extended, its not what you borrow on, its what you own and can afford. You measure your success on having a $400,000 house? Please explain what doing something with my life would be? We have 2 credit cards a 1 car loan and a tiny house payment, so please explain to me Mr economics what im doing wrong, if we compared lives you would realize you;re the one who has wasted yours!

          2. @J-off says:

            Also J-off im the same guy saying raise my taxes for a stadium I could care less, because of wise economic decisions, right now our monthly bills equal 35% of our wages thats how you set your life up so you can work anywhere and still survive, having only 1 child helps also, hate to get advice from you on economics.

      2. Jake says:

        This is what happens when a nation ignores the tens of millions of illegal aliens that have broken through it’s borders, importing millions of other refugees who get tons of handouts from the gov’t, corrupt politicians signing ‘free trade’ deals and failing to promote energy independence. A deeply divided nation, with half paying the bills and half being a bunch of useless parasites. Go ahead and protest. Lobby your favorite lib politican for more UNEARNED handouts, avoid working, and keep voting them in.

  10. Seamus says:

    its time to increase taxes on the wealthy.

    1. Flea Baggers of the world unite! says:

      That’s a tired slogan. And one that’s sowing the seeds of Obama’s defeat next year, so I’m glad you’re still using it. The more he sympathizes with this crowd, The more his poll numbers drop. I know I shouldn’t be telling you that, lest you come to your senses and stop using the old sixties jargon in time to save him but I honestly don’t think he’s capable of understanding how out of step with regular people you liberals are. Liberals never seem to learn.

      1. mygkidsfuture says:

        So is low taxes creates jobs. Show me one!

    2. Flea Party Losers unite. Tents Wanted. says:

      I’ve got a slogan for you: Flea Party protesters unite. Tents wanted.

      Yeah. It’s time the people who pay most of the taxes pay most of the taxes. Oh wait. They already do that.

      How’s that class warfare working for you?

      Are you still a Flea Party loser and the Rich are still getting richer?

  11. BigcatMPLS says:

    Protesting at a County Building will change nothing. If you want to make an impact start protesting at the Corporate head quarters of any company that does mass lay offs. Once these companies start seeing themselves on the news for laying people off to appease share holders we will see real change. You must change the corporate mentality.

    1. Protest Obama says:

      Start protesting Obama.

      1. mygkidsfuture says:

        They have had protests at the White House for many different things from the ruling that makes corporations people, to the war, to not creating jobs. BUT ask the main stream media why they don’t report and of the protests?

  12. C says:

    Problem is capitalism does not work. Because I wish not to pay taxes. So I do not have to support Bailouts, Welfare, Wars, Politicians that do not have the best interest for me and the country. But if I do not pay taxes I’ll go to jail. Unions suck!!!

    1. JGE says:

      Exactly how would a country work where no one paid taxes? That’s the most ignorant thing I’ve ever heard. Followed with a “unions suck”. Glad you’ve thought these things out for yourself. I think you could argue that some of those things do not serve YOUR (read: selfish) interest , but the best interest of the COUNTRY? I am quite certain there are lost of benefit that serve the country as a whole.

      1. JGE says:

        *there are benefits*

  13. mygkidsfuture says:

    Even though the police received many compliments from the protesters I am disappointed in the police chief and the Mayor. I really thought Minnesotans would be above the taking of the tents from people who are just trying to right the wrongs of the wealthy elite. The demonstrators are doing this for US! They are trying to change what is destroying the middle class! I can’t understand people who aren’t more involved because this will effect you too!
    Not one of the officers who removed the tents are apart of the wealthy elite. The protesters are doing this for YOU. They have rearranged their lives to correct the wrongs of this world! You all should be giving them the credit they deserve. To the trolls here today if this is the only job you can get is as republican troll, I pity you.

    1. Citizen says:

      @mykids. It was the Hennepin County Sheriff’s deputies who removed the tents. The park is in COUNTY jurisdiction. I believe Rich Stanek is the sheriff, and I also believe he is a Republican. The news this morning opined that the protesters were going to move to an area controlled by the City of Minneapolis, thus governed by the mayor (a Democrat, I believe), and the police chief. The City is probably more sympathetic and flexible than Stanek, who, frankly, is lucky to have a job–any job. Couldn’t stand the man when he was a spokesperson for the governor.

      1. mygkidsfuture says:

        You’re right. I should have noted the difference in my reference. I knew They weren’t city police. My apologies.

  14. Flea Baggers unite! says:

    These Flea Party protesters seem to be having quite a bit of influence on each other. They really seem to be taking each other very seriously. No one else seems to be listening but…..

  15. Don't think your the majority says:

    I.m glad the last few days the wind has been out of the west. Keeps the stench out of the west metro. Funny how they keep saying they are one of the 99 percent. I don’t know one person who sides with the slime

    1. mygkidsfuture says:

      Well Sweety, when the 99% changes a few things in the government and with the banks , corporations etc. I hope none of it effects you in a positive way.

  16. angus says:

    The right wing stereotyping from idots who have never had a hard time in life is disgusting. If you know the crowd there are many who did all the right things then lost jobs through no fault of their own. The jobs are not out there. My son works for a company and personnel had 2 part time positions open. There were 62 qualified applicants plus others for 2 PART TIME positions. The rich conservatives put up into this mess with 8 years of help from the Bushie Boys and you expect Obama to clean it up in 90 days. He told us it would be a long struggle and he has received not help from the conservatives. They are too busy protecting their assets, all the time claiming they are good Christians.

    1. 3 years and counting says:

      No. I expect Obama to lead. It’s been 3 years. Obama controlled the Senate, House and Administration for 2 years. What did he do with that power? He attacked successful business owners and rammed ObamaCare down everyone’s throat. Now as he tries to get re-elected he suddenly cares about jobs? Do you trust him?

      We can’t afford Obama’s type of Change.

      1. jackactionhero says:

        2009 – 2011 is still just 2 years, sir.

  17. JimRockford says:

    How does the GOP get so many people to not want a better life?
    Actually fight/work for a worse life!!!!


    1. 99% laughs at the Flea Party says:


      Time to change the bong water.

      The GOP is all about a better life. That’s why they want to change back.

      What has your buddy Obumbles done for you? Ruined healthcare. Made the rich companies with large profits unwilling to hire people. Stole GM from the shareholders and gave it to his Union pals. How are those “shovel” ready handouts going for you? Did you get the memo? Unemployment is up.

      On one end of the spectrum is the 1% people who pay all the taxes. On the other end is the Flea Party. Where are you?

      1. Citizen says:

        @laughs. I am so amazed that on the one hand you CONservatives accuse President Obama of doing nothing, and then on the other say he is responsible for EVERYthing. Which is it? Did he do nothing or did he do everything? Can’t have it both ways, can you.

  18. David Gasner says:

    In New York they leave the protesters alone and arrest a few. In Minnesota they take down the tents and make them leave, We do not want Minnesota nice to bother the BIG BOYS on Monday would we??????

  19. As jack said... says:

    Read Michael Parenti’s ( Ph.D.)” Democracy for a Few” (13th ed.) to understand the larger issues being addressed by the movement. Its not their manifesto but lays out the larger issues that are being protested

  20. Jake says:

    To the blogger who posted that big list earlier, you forgot a couple of significant recipients of the ‘bailout money’ — Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

  21. Jackie Du Charme says:

    Thats sad the police had to pick up tents. It takes them away from more important tasks of taking care of citizens that matter.

    1. jackactionhero says:

      What a tacky and tasteless comment. You should be ashamed of yourself. All citizens matter. Unfortunately, even you.