MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — There are some new rules coming for the protesters who have been occupying a downtown Minneapolis government plaza for more than a month.

Occupy Minnesota protesters can still demonstrate at the plaza, but starting Monday they cannot tape signs to county property, leave items unattended or sleep on the plaza or grounds.

County officials say the areas are not designed for camping or long-term occupation, and the changes are needed because of health and safety concerns and increased security costs. The Hennepin County Board approved the new restrictions last week.

The protesters have occupied the plaza since Oct. 7 in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Nick Espinosa, one of the protest organizers, has said the protesters plan to ask the county board to rescind the rules.

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Comments (38)
  1. County Board says:

    Ve vill determine vhen you can protest.
    Ve vill determine vhat you can say.
    Ve vill determine vhat you can do.

    All hail ze dictactors of Hennepin County.

    1. james says:

      “the protesters who have been occupying a downtown Minneapolis government plaza for more than a month.”

      Don’t these protestors have anything better to do?

      1. jackactionhero says:

        It would seem they think this is very important, and they want to be heard.

        What is your problem with that?

        1. AntiTeabagger says:

          The problem is that they have no clear agenda or purpose to be there other than to whine about how American is not giving them a piece of the American Dream. well guess what, work for it. Sitting on the plaza is making no gain in efforts in your protest. No on knows what the heck you are protesting about. All we see is a bunch of lazy people sitting on the plaza of the “me” generation crying about how no one is giving them things. Give me a break.

          1. jackactionhero says:

            I see the real problem is with you. You don’t have any idea why they’re there, and that irritates the heck out of you.

            They are NOT there saying America isn’t GIVING them enough. They are not complaining they don’t receive enough HANDOUTS. That is not the case, and to say so is a lie.

            Your version of their motivation simply isn’t reality, and to say so disrespects their effort to make the Multi-Millionaires listen that they can’t keep giving themselves millions they don’t deserve simply so they can perpetuate their own sick lifestyles on the backs of the actual workers.

    2. See BS says:

      don’t forget “Ve Vill not allow smoking on Hennepin County property”

      “National Socialists” = Government Union Thugs

    3. jackactionhero says:

      I’m headin back to Mom & Dads basement in Apple Valley until it warms up a bit..Get my laundry done,borrow some money for a bus pass..Maybe get a Thanksgiving Handout from my Grandma..Then I’m back out on the Plaza wavin a silly sign demanding my Free stuff!

  2. Joe says:

    When will these people accept that this is the PROMISE CHANGE that was made in 2008. Next time vote wisely and do not be intimidated by promises and UNION backed movement…

    1. A Voter says:

      Joe, it’s becoming more apparent every day. The 1% rule this country, not the U.S. Constitution. Business’s big, and small have there associations to run to for their needs, but you want to strip the little man of any affordable defense against abuse.
      Thanks to the Supreme Court the scales have been tipped even further in the !%’s favor.

      1. jackactionhero says:

        Good. I hope they occupy every major city in every state in the union until we take back our government.

        It cannot be allowed that a CEO filing bankruptcy of a company gets to give himself a $15 million dollar bonus while shutting the company down and laying off the actual workers with nothing more than the shirts on their back. That BS doesn’t fly anymore. Do you disagree?

        1. AntiTeabagger says:

          Contact your reps and vote. how is sitting on the plaza letting those who represent you know what you want? You carry a blind agenda and no clear one at that.

          Those who think that sitting on your butts and crying like a two year old stomping your feet is going to get attention, think again.

          And who are you to tell me how much I make should go to you? I think not! I work hard for my money, because you are sitting on your arse, you shoudl get a chunnk! Ha ahahah you people need to wake up and stop drinking your own kool-aid.

          1. Citizen says:

            A poor man’s vote does not begin to equal the millions in dollars given to a politician to buy him/her. A single vote is now meaningless in the Corporate States of America. Glad to think you are delusional enough, Anti, to think it is still worth anything because otherwise your rants would be truly obnoxious.

            1. AntiTeabagger says:

              Ok, so what is your solution. Sit and whine about it? At least I think of how things could be resolved instead of waiting for someone to tell me what to do.

              If you don’t like it, why not run for office yourself and start changing things? You will never get away from the politcal game, ever, it is embedded into the system and to undo it, well let’s just say it can’t be done.

              So, sit on the lawn cry like a baby about how life is not fair. I think you people grew up with all those teachers telling you, “hey little timmy, your not a loser, your the last winner” and spoonfeeding you because your parents wanted to protect you, until you get in the real world and get your arse handed to you.

              1. Citizen says:

                Um, Anti, I already hold an elected public office. And in that capacity I strive to do my best to help my neighbors and constituents. I am actively involved in change. These people are exercising their CONSTITUTIONAL right to protest unfairness–a right that our forefathers demanded we use when our government needs to be reminded who it works for.

                1. AntiTeabagger says:

                  I know what a Contitutional right is, because I have served and fought for that very right in my years in the military of this great nation.

                  I understand people have the right to protest, I am all for it, but make it worth the time and effort and come up with a plan of action for it. Not the blind leading the blind.

                2. april says:

                  what a blowhard. You are so full of it.

          2. jackactionhero says:

            Nobody is saying that part of your income should go to them. That is a lie.

            Nobody is sitting and crying to get attention. That is a lie.

            Your comment is juvenile and pathetic.

            1. AntiTeabagger says:

              Maybe instead of trying to tackle the entire structure of the United States,head on, try breaking it into smaller sections so that people can digest what your agenda is and what can and can’t be done to change things. Any person with half a brain knows this, yet they collectivley run around blind without a true leadership or agenda. That is what I am talking about. If you truly want to make a difference, create a plan, with goals and objectives and indicators of success or failure, don’t get 50 issues mixed into one basket and expect people to take you seriously.

              1. jackactionhero says:

                It’s the beginning of a movement and takes time to consolidate the direction of the movement. That’s not a good reason to call them names and declare them all lazy beatniks looking for handouts.

                1. AntiTeabagger says:

                  Yes, it is because right now that is what we see and that is what the perception is, Perception is everything. I would say 90% of those down there, have no clue as to why they are there, only to join in blindly.

                  The movement is all over the united states and every single one of them is failing, why? No backing from anyone, no politicians, no actors, no one.

                  No leaders, no path, no goals. It is a collection of bad apples. Now I do agree, there are some there who want to see change and that they have hearts of gold and are passionate about what they want this great country of ours to do.

                  However, how can you fly like an eagle when you are surrounded by turkeys?

                2. jackactionhero says:

                  Your perception is everything to YOU. That should be clarified, as we’ve already discovered you don’t have any idea what they’re out there doing.

            2. AntiTeabagger says:

              My perception has many more behind me than just I. I know what they are trying to do, but they are going all about it the wrong way. You need to stop sipping on the kool-aid your making yourself and realize that this is nothing but a spinning wheel in the mud.

              Until they get a collective and a single objective, they are toast. Enough said. And your lack of a detailed response suggests to me that you are in doubt as well. Two word responses only suggests that you are amoung those who have no idea what the agenda is.

      2. DougT says:

        Do not even begin to suggest that this motley group of crazies represents the rest of us. Please – they represent themselves. And like the Bolsheviks whom strategies they ape – this group is not out for the common good.

  3. jerry says:

    We will see how you protest with wind chills of 30 below zero. You may want to occupy Miami or San Diego. The people are “Minnesota nice” but not the weather.

    1. jackactionhero says:

      The people in Minnesota do nothing to prove that any “Minnesota Nice” has ever existed at all.

      1. FavMinnesota says:

        No one is forcing you to live here.

  4. Sam I am says:

    Doesn’t Nick Espinoza have a job. The idiot goes around protesting and throwing glitter at everyone.

    Get a job.

    1. Jake says:

      nick isn’t even intelligent enough to know what the defintion of a ‘job’ truly is.
      What a waste of life.

    2. Realist says:

      Classy ad hominem attack.

  5. whiners says:

    Espinoza is a professional whiner. It’s fun and gives him purpose and an inflated sense of self worth. What’s really great about being a professional whiner is that he doesn’t have to be creative and actually think up solutions to the problems he’s whining about. It’s all about the whining, not about the solutions which require brains and hard work.

    1. jackactionhero says:

      As opposed to you, who just comments on someone else’s activism and about how much you dislike their methods of bringing their issue to the forefront of attention, but has none of his own. LOL

  6. Reasonable says:

    Nothing says “I don’t have a clue, but I sure do have an opinion about it!” than saying that OWS has no message. The message is that wealth and income concentration has become so grossly imbalanced that it’s time to say something about it.
    Note; that is not asking for a handout or asking the govt to solve the problem. Mainly because the govt IS part of the problem. The OWS people and the Teap Party people are the same and have the same gripes, they just aim that frustration in different directions. The TP people think that the govt is too powerful and not acting in the interests of the people. The OWS people think that the corporations that donate absurd amounts of money to campaigns and lobbying efforts have too much power in politics. Do you not see how this overlaps?

    The main difference between TP and OWS is that the TP was bought and paid for as a movement while OWS has yet to be commercialized.

    1. DougT says:

      Um – from my experience the Tea Party has a problem with Government spending and its overreaching size and worthlessness. They believe in American Exceptionalism,

      This mob is the basic Hate America first types. They include the “truthers” et al….and like all good mobs are only reacting to the scape-goat of the moment. Ask the French about mob rule – the outcomes are usually not that good.

      1. Citizen says:

        Actually, Doug, for the population size and land mass, the U.S. government is proportionately quite small–one of the smaller world governments. Yes, indeed, let us ask the French about “mob rule.” I do remember an incident at the Bastille…

        1. sid says:

          that makes no sense at all. Why would you want to compare our government, the best in the world, to a bunch of collapsing, third world, floundering governments. The Tea party wants to unleash the creativity, drive, and innovation of the individual. Thats why we are who we are and will continue to be as soon as people like Ellison, Amy, and Obama are gone.

      2. jackactionhero says:


        Hate America first? You’ve missed the boat entirely on this, which explains your irrational disdain for them to begin with.

      3. Reasonable says:

        ahh yes, good ol’ American Exceptionalism, or “I get to play by my own rules” for those not concerned with reading between the lines.

        1. DougT says:

          America has been and I hope will continue to be the worlds last best hope. A light shinning into the darkenss where pathetic ingornants like the “occupires” crawl from

          Prosperity does not come from governments – it happens despite them