Occupy Miami Moves For Building Construction
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MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) – Protesters in the occupy Miami movement have moved temporarily.
They’ve now set up shop a little farther away from the Stephen P. Clark building, where they’ve been for the past several weeks.
The county ordered Occupy Miami to make that move by five p.m. so a crane could install emergency equipment on the building.
For much of the day protesters remained divided about whether to go.
“Some people are being more to what the powers that be want and they’re moving others of us are more skeptical,” said Don Carter who wanted to know how long it would be before the tents, the signs, and the people could move back where they started.
“I just want common courtesy of letting us know how long it’s going to take,” he added.
The answer came shortly after that five o’ clock deadline. After a day of negotiations between the county and the occupy movement, the county said the construction project should be finished Sunday and the protesters can move back across the plaza.
Muhammed Malak called it a win for Occupy Miami.
“I think the fact that we had this victory shows again that the county recognizes we’re a peaceful movement and peace has always been the top priority for us,” said Malak.
Other occupy protests across the country have not been so peaceful. A person was shot during a protest in Oakland. And police arrested dozens of people at UC Berkeley after ordering the protesters to move their tents.
But here in Miami, the shift from one spot to another was uneventful. Except for a surprise proposal.
And by eight o’clock.. All the protesters, including one newly engaged couple. Made the move from one side of the plaza to the other.
There are still issues to work out. The county says the protester’s permit is expired and protesters have to leave by Friday.
They argue their permit is valid indefinitely.