I am happy to report that the Norfolk Police Department has been amicable. Unlike the NYPD they recognize the people’s right to protest. Not only did they not interfere with the demonstration, they escorted the march. Several police Harleys flanked the demonstration. The only thing louder than the motorcycles was the crowd’s enthusiasm. When the march ended the crowd chanted “Thank you police! Thank you police! Thank you police!”
The NPD released a statement proclaiming “The City of Norfolk strongly supports the First Amendment Rights of all citizens to peaceably assemble and voice their grievances and will take the appropriate steps to insure those rights are upheld while insuring the safety of all persons and property.” After Monday’s events I am taking them at their word.
To add to the good news, most of the people that the protesters have encountered are supportive of the Occupation Movement. It’s not a question of partisanship, rather it’s the difference between the independently wealthy and the working poor. It’s the difference between the 1% at the top and the 99% on the streets. People are refusing to be divided by petty differences such as race, creed, age, or sex.
Protesters are beginning to camp out at the Commercial Park which is adjacent to the MacArthur Center. According to http://occupynorfolk.com/
We have the go-ahead from the police to begin camping! Everyone come out to Commercial Park, bring a tent or a sleeping bag and get ready for the long haul!
The Occupation movement is growing exponentially. People are Occupying the streets in over 1,000 cities. I’ve seen the Occupy Norfolk Facebook group grow from a few 100 members to over 4,000 in the span of two weeks.
In the words of the protesters “All Day all week occupy the city streets.” If you are tired of the way things are going with the economy now is your chance to make a difference.