MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Occupy Minnesota protesters are planning a new protest next week in defiance of a judge’s ruling.

Earlier this week, a judge ruled that protesters can’t put up tents or sleep in the Hennepin County Government Center plaza.

In response, they plan to set up 99 tents, to represent the “99 percent.”

On Thursday night, the Occupy Minnesota movement released a statement saying the protesters have the right to assemble and the right to shelter.

Hennepin County sheriff Rich Stanek says deputies will abide by and enforce the judge’s decision.

Comments (81)
  1. You Are Kidding Me! says:

    When I was growing up, I was taught to work hard and not expect things to be given to me. What the heck happened? ENTITLEMENT SUCKS!

    1. Huh?? says:

      So you’re saying the Occupy Minnesota folks are doing what they’re doing because of government entitlement programs?

      Or you’re saying you know for a fact that these folks are doing what they’re doing because they expect things to be given to them?

      Or are you trying to say they’re doing what they’re doing because they’re a bunch of spoiled kids?

      Or what is it exactly you’re trying to say?

    2. Matt says:

      Yes they are there because of Entitlement… but its not them that got the entitlement… its the Big CEOs of Wall Street that got bailout money and kept it for themself as bonus money.

      Learn your facts…. With your thought process I bet you are a bigot and a racist too

      1. ohoh says:

        remember who Obama gave the bailout money to, if you have a beef with how it was spent you should be occupying the whitehouse.

    3. mike says:

      matt is an entitlist moron

      1. Matt says:

        Mike, I don’t take any entitlements. learn your facts before you call anyone a moron.

    4. mike says:

      If you`re not taking any entitlements then you must be working to pay for them like me.If you`re not angry about that then you`re a moron.

      1. Matt says:

        Mike, I would be more angry about corrupt companies and CEOs that accept bailout money and keep it as a bonus for themself. I understand that some people need help which is what is great about welfare and other programs. However with that said. there are people who abuse these programs and we should get angry about that. we should now get angry about helping someone who truely needs help. If you are angry because someone needs help you are an ahole

        1. ohoh says:

          remember when you vote who gave the bailout money, how about GE they don’t pay one cent in tax in this country but sit on two of Obama panels.

      2. Mark says:

        So you are angry to pay into social security, which acts as a safety net for many of our citizenz, predominently the elderly? And you are angry to pay into the medicare/medicaid system, which provides health care for the least among us, and without these programs would surely die?

        I am happy to pay into these programs, and I think that there should not be any type of cap, that stops collecting when an individual reaches a certain income level.

        I could go on, but I think I will just ask you:

        “What part of “HEARTLESS” do you associate with?

        1. ohoh says:

          what about young adult men who are sitting on welfare, you like paying for them too?

          1. yaya says:

            Well said! I don’t like paying for a bunch of lazy “bums” ….for lack of a better term, from Chicago with my hard earned money. They come here because our system in Minnesota is easier to exploit! If you’re so naive to not believe that it happens every day I would invite you to spend some time at the Hennepin County Century Plaza building where you can watch countless gang bangin punks sit and wait for their “Free Money Handout” they are “entitled to……………….

    5. jackactionhero says:

      OWS protesters defy working for a living,earning a wage or paying their own way thru life..All they want is free,free,free everything.

  2. Obv. says:

    Do these people ever have to report to work, they want to camp there, then what take a bath in the fountain in the morning and head to work. You people are not making a difference go to work, or go get a job you’re filthy.

    1. Matt says:

      they could be going to work, not everyone starts work at 8am. How do you know if they are filthy? did you go smell them?

      1. yaya says:

        I have, as a matter of fact………….and yes they do smell!!!! Some haven’t showered for days.

  3. bob says:

    Time to lock up every single one of these spoiled rich kids! If they spent half as much time looking for jobs as they do complaining, their lives wouldnt suck quite so bad!

  4. ipmutt says:

    Arrest them but don’t lock them up yet. Give them a 35 years to hold a job and put them on probation for the 35 years, What we need is for them to contribute to society, not just use up resourses.

    1. Jason Kahl says:

      your an idiot

      1. I'm just saying.... says:

        Yes, but ipmutt can spell.

  5. hijsd says:

    Can’t wait to see more video of police abusing their power.

    1. ipmutt says:

      Abuse of power is when you spray them on top of the head. It ruins the hair doo. You must spray up to get the nose and face.

      1. Jake says:

        I have heard that pepper spray kills lice and fleas.

  6. mike says:

    apparently this thing has stopped posting my comments,there must be a liberal on here sensoring me

  7. mike says:

    That`s better.

    the bailots are welfare too,Matt.I didn`t autherize,did you?

    1. Matt says:

      if you voted for Bush you did. Bailouts started with Bush.

      1. Jake says:

        Yes, they did start with Bush, but obama voted FOR THEM, and has DOUBLED DOWN on them EVERY YEAR SINCE.

        1. Citizen says:

          @Jake. Just a point of information on the “bailouts” for you and other posters from the Congressional Budget Office courtesy of the Dismal Political Economist’s Saturday blog:
          “When the Congress passed the President’s Stimulus package in 2009 it wanted someone to check and see if the program was successful. So they required the Congressional Budget Office to report to Congress on just how much or how little economic benefit came from the program. Here is the latest report.http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/125xx/doc12564/11-22-ARRA.pdf

          On that basis, CBO estimates that ARRA’s
          policies had the following effects in the third quarter
          of calendar year 2011 compared with what would have
          occurred otherwise:

           They raised real (inflation-adjusted) gross domestic
          product (GDP) by between 0.3 percent and
          1.9 percent (see Table 1),

           They lowered the unemployment rate by between
          0.2 percentage points and 1.3 percentage points,

           They increased the number of people employed by
          between 0.4 million and 2.4 million, and

           They increased the number of full-time-equivalent
          jobs by 0.5 million to 3.3 million. (Increases in FTE
          jobs include shifts from part-time to full-time work or
          overtime and are thus generally larger than increases in
          the number of employed workers.)
          Wow, pretty powerful stuff. Now if you are a Republican and faced with this data you could do one of two things. You could accept the fact that the Stimulus worked, or you could lie about the facts and data and say the Stimulus completely failed and did not create a single job. Hm, which choice do we think the Republicans will make?”

          1. Jake says:

            Well, citizen, if you want to bet the farm on that ‘successful’ record, by all means, go right ahead. I think that there were other doable options that would have produced better results, along with a coherent energy policy, entitlement reform, and some real illegal immigration enforcement.

            1. Citizen says:

              @Jake. Please be specific. What option could have been implemented to create jobs and FTE’s besides the stimulus package. What option would have raised GDP? Remember, be specific. Also, what are the specific of your “coherent” energy policy and entitlement reform? Are you also that aware that illegal immigration has gone way down in numbers per statistics from the U.S. Border Patrol arrest records. And that the Obama administration has deported more illegals than ever before?

  8. You Are Kidding Me! says:

    I feel that Matt needs a hug

    1. Matt says:

      I think Mike needs a hug

      1. Jake says:

        I think that Matt needs a good spanking, as he didn’t get enough of them when he was a child. Have to make up for some lost quality time.

  9. Mark says:

    It makes me very happy to see all of the comments on stories about the Occupy movements, which I am proud to be a part of.

    By commenting you are paying attention, either in support of the occupy or against it, you are acknowledging its existense, and thereby bringing us credibility.

    We are not going away, and will continue to grow here and around the world.

    And by the way;

    I have multiple jobs and work 6 days per week. I have done this for over 20 years.
    I have been married for almost 25 years, have 2 sons and 3 grandchildren.
    I have never missed voting in an election.
    I am a veteran of the US military.
    My uncle was a Pearl Harbor survivor, and served in the US Navy for over 30 years.
    I love my country but not what it has become.
    That is why I am a member of Occupy.

    1. MNTaxpayer says:

      Mark, I would like to see where it says in the First Amendment that DISREGARD for the law is a right. The last time I checked, IT’S NOT! You and your fellow Occupiers are angry because the rules were not bent FOR YOU. Sorry, the law is the law and BREAKING THE LAW is only hurting your cause. The only people you and your fellow Occupiers are affecting are the so-called 99% that you CLAIM to represent. You do NOT represent me, so QUIT SPEAKING FOR PEOPLE WHO FEEL THE SAME WAY I DO.

      1. Morgan says:

        Ok, but everyone else in congress can break the law or be immune to it and it is ok with you? Someone can take billions of dollars from investment accounts and not spend one day in jail but WOULD go to jail for stealing a candy bar and this is ok with you? These people are trying to change issues like this as well. They do represent me. Keep it up peeps. You are being heard.

        1. Obv. says:

          @Morgan perhaps if you received a HS diploma you could have gotten a decent job, you can’t even form a proper sentence.

          1. Morgan says:

            Good contribution to the argument. And I don’t have an HS degree? I have that and then some plus a good job. I am not in this for the money, I am in this for the change.

      2. A Voter says:

        Are you telling us that all of those Black Friday campers who wanted to get into Best Buy, and such, would have been evicted had the temperature been below 25 degrees?

        1. Jake says:

          Black Friday campers aren’t there to protest, they don’t trash the area, commit mass crime, like vandalism, assaults, blocking roads and streets, and they don’t STINK very much, either. They don’t need a lot of cops to provide BABYSITTING services at taxpayer’s expense. They actually CONTRIBUTE by paying sales taxes. BIG DIFFERENCE.

          1. A Voter says:

            City officials threatened to remove protesters if the temperature dropped below 25 degrees for their own safety. How would Black Friday Shoppers have been any safer had the temperature dropped below that level. Will ice fisherman, skiers, snowboarders, ice skaters, broomball players, Ice climbers, and so on be subject to the same safety concerns? We have the right to decide for our selves.

            1. Jake says:

              Nonsense. Rubbish, Pure Hogwash. Cattle Manure. When someone is SLEEPING in the cold, they can suffer from hypothermia, and DIE if not attended to in a reasonable period of time. Those who were waiting in line outside of stores were generally AWAKE, so if they got too cold, they would know better and either use some type of heat aid or find shelter. BIG DIFFERENCE. Are you sure that you are from MN?

    2. Obv. says:

      6 days a week multiple jobs, are you proud of that, sounds horrible to me. If you read these comments daily you have very little support, if only you knew you’re not making a difference.

      1. Morgan says:

        That is why he is out there dumb ass. he is trying to change this face.

        1. Obv. says:

          English will help me understand your point Morgan.

      2. A Voter says:

        The negative responds posted here amount to less than 1%.

        1. Morgan says:

          Unless they are the 1% they are being trampled on but just not informed enough to see it.

        2. Obv. says:

          Read the comments there is little support here, I work 4 days a week with a HS education, don’t blame others for your poor work decisions, I don’t have an unemployed friend or family member.

          1. :) says:

            Problem is most of these people were raised on welfare programs and seen what type of life they got, now they want MORE , give me give me give me, so that they dont have to go out and find good jobs to support their families in order to have a better childhood then they had.

            1. yaya says:

              Why get a job when you can get “Free” money from the county and government…………I urge you to see it for your self dtmpls @ CP. Did you know that if your renting and you get “behind” you can apply for “Emergency Assistance” at lease once a year and they will pay your rent current for you………………that means you only need to pay for 9 or 10 months of rent a month and we pay the rest.

              1. Jake says:

                Not to mention FOOD STAMPS, utility bill assistance, free gold-plated health care,
                subsidized transportation (stupid light rail, etc.), perpetual unemployment insurance payments, social security “disability” payments, and a big tax “refund” just after the new year, especially if you are a high school dropout single mom with a litter of kids.

  10. mike says:

    You`re absolutely right mark.

    these are all socialist programs”black holes” perpetrated on us over the years.if these weren`t an option people would be forced to take care of themselves.

  11. Ines Beag says:

    I hope the Judge is out there with the sheriffs dept.

  12. Sam says:

    I’m behind the Occupy movement in a lot of things. And they”re right, they do have a right to assemble. And they do have a right to shelter. But the right to assemble and the right to shelter do not necessarily occur in the same place.

  13. Joe Hanson says:

    Adbusters has instructed all “Occupations” to suspend occupying during the winter season to plan, regroup and return in the spring tanned and well rested.

  14. mike says:

    How can you not like what it has become?It`s exactly what you want,a socialist sosciety.

    1. A Voter says:

      Why isn’t capitalism working? Oh, I forgot those un-americans have sent the jobs overseas to the communist countries. If I can’t have my slaves here I’ll send the work to countries that allow slavery.

      1. Jake says:

        Than that must mean that you hate the Clintons, who signed NAFTA, free trade with China, and GATT, not to mention a couple of other things. Oh wait……obama just signed free trade with S. Korea, Panama, and Columbia. What a great plan….

        1. A Voter says:

          I don’t hate the Clinton’s, but that doesn’t mean I have to like everything they did.
          Had Clinton not signed NAFTA George W. Bush Jr. would have. Am I wrong that NAFTA is about the exchange of goods between agreeable nations, not taking jobs away from one country, and sending them to another?

  15. Jason says:

    Some of us are too busy working and spending time raising our kids like we are supposed to be doing, and many of you Occupy protesters have prevented me from doing my job in different cities…….a job which keeps food on the tables of citizens and provides needed resources for everyday use.

    So go ahead and keep blocking roadways like the occupy morons in Milwaukee, Minneapolis and other locations, you got my attention and also stole money from my family in the process, the next time I won’t stop for you selfish pricks who are NO DIFFERENT than the CEO’s that you complain about.

    1. Matt says:

      I would like to see you try that. Murder 1 charge would work great. your post would be used in court

  16. Steve McBat says:

    I am deciding which laws I will adhere to also. These people are a bunch of spoon fed morons who need a serious thrashing! I cant wait! I will bring the popcorn! I am so sick of liberals. Gosh I must be a racist too…….If these morons vented twoard the govt, who bailed out the banks and wall street and the auto industry…….I would be behind them. Welcome to the me me me generaration…..the wusification of America…..

    1. Matt says:

      they are, you’re just too stupid to realize it.

      1. Jason says:

        As I already stated Matt, you are just as arrogant and selfish as the very people that you blame for the problems in this country, you think it is OK to make up your own rules as you go along, you are just as much a part of the problem here as corporate juggernauts.

        These people blocked roadways, blocked church access, stopped small business owners from getting into their own businesses. Keep thinking you are so flipping righteous Matt, you are trying to take from EVERYONE else because you don’t want to earn!!!!

        1. Morgan says:

          It hurts when people step on your fingers doesn’t it? Join the club.

        2. Matt says:

          selfish? what makes me selfish? when did I make up my own rules? how am I part of the problem? I haven’t taken any part in Occupy Wall street. I agree they should not be blocking roadways, drive ways, or anyone from getting to their jobs. So I have no clue on how I am so righteous. Are you on drugs or are you just making up your own facts about me?

      2. Steve McBat says:

        Oh Ms Matt…I am very smart……I know a POS when I see them and you…..just more castarated liberals…..do they ever go to the Gov mansion to protest? The state cap? The white house? Now go ask mommy for more juice….

        1. Matt says:

          clearly you aren’t very smart since you don’t realize that Matt is short for Matthew, which is a male’s name. Since you know a POS you must really know yourself. I am not gonna ask your mommy for juice, get your own juice.

      3. Jake says:

        Yeah, we know Matt. You and your fellow disciples are the paragons of virtue and wisdom… How did the rest of us make it this far without people like you??

    2. A Voter says:

      Steve how is your decision to obey, or disobey laws any different than law enforcements decision to enforce, or not to enforce the same laws?
      Example; Law enforcements decision to not secure our boarders if they feel like it,
      or check for immigration status.

  17. stubby says:

    Nobody really cares about the OWS crowds anyway. They have no clear message….oooooh ceo’s make too much money and they won’t give me any…ooooohhhh. You peole are a waste of time and my tax money. Here’s an idea, get a passport and move to France, you’ll love it there.

    1. Matt says:

      thats not even close to their message.

      1. desert eagle .50 says:

        As stated, they have no message. Eventually they will go away.

    2. A Voter says:

      Dear Subby,
      I really care.

  18. :) says:

    What they dont get is they have a right to peaceful protest, once it turns not peaceful and they stop obeying court orders it is no longer considered peaceful and they no longer have the right to protest. What a bunch of bafoons. If they truly believed in what they are doing, they would obey laws and court orders and not push every boundary. You are costing the people who pay taxes more $$$$ out of their pockets.

  19. cyndyforcynical says:

    For those who are really disgusted with the Occupy MN group those to go after are the union officials like Eliot Seide, Executive Director of AFSCME, Council 5, Service Employees International Union and the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1005. Go to the web sites of each of these unions. Eliot Seide is also on the Board of Health Partners. It is people like him who are trying to worm their way into every facet of American life who are the scarey ones. Go to AFSCME’s web site—They are in the process of trying to get more of their reps on Health Partner’s Board. These groups are are manipulating naive kids into being disruptive and creating civil disorder for their own purposes. If you have Health Partner’s insurance contact the CEO of Health Partners, Mary Brainerd, and tell her how much you don’t want people like Seide in any kind of decision-making position that impacts your life. Best thing to do is cite his involvement in inciting mobs in downtown Minneapolis. Go to Health Partners web site. It is only going to get worse—I saw one web site where the misguided and naive had a store on Lyndale where they were collecting books and materials on the anarchists of the 1960s and 1970s. Sara Jane Olson of St. Paul, who was on the run for 20 years on federal charges of bank robbery and attempting to bomb squad cars to kill cops in LA, and who just got out of prison a few years ago is a heroine to these kids. In the bank robbery in which she was involved an innocent woman was killed. The Occupy groups were not started spontaneously—They have been set off and manipulated by the old-time radicals who couldn’t get their aims accomplished in the 1970s with the Boomers and have now come back for another try with the naive children and grandchildren of the Boomers. Back to Seide of AFSCME—He is responsible for getting Gov Dayton to force home-based child-care providers to unionize whether they want to or not. That means that childcare expenses will be even higher for families. What are they going to do if they can’t pay for care so that parents can work to keep food on the table? As far as defying the Judge’s order—He is a federal judge and the Occupy foot soldiers think that they can do that with no consequences? Pathetic.

    1. Frankie says:

      Typed in Seide’s name on the Healthpartners website, no such information exists in regards to what you say other than that he is a board member.
      The bookstore on Lyndale has been closed quite a while.
      Long rant, no truth.

  20. StraycatStrut says:

    OOPS…….. maybe set up 39 tents….. to reflect the real popularity. Be a closer numer. I here the tents were made by Wall Street Corps…. and sold thru Wall Street retailers………. so Protestoers… get a life….. sleep on the pavement without shelter show us you grit in your protesting rather than being a bunch of spoiled panseys.

  21. Jake says:

    Yeah, but one of “leaders” of OWS in Washington stays in a $700/night 5 star HOTEL, because he isn’t into the ‘camping’ thing. LOL.

  22. Ordinary Guy says:

    Import, Outsource, Downsize is killing our country. If this crop of candidates can’t admit it, let alone offer a strategy to correct it, it’ll be the same lame stuff.

    Oh, that’s right, if we all worked cheaply with no benefits and no social services and lived twenty to a room with laundry hanging out the window, we’d be competitive. Laugh or cry, which?

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