Occupy protesters must leave Neb. Capitol mall

Posted: Saturday, April 28, 2012 12:46 pm

Updated: 5:28 pm, Sat Apr 28, 2012.

Occupy protesters must leave Neb. Capitol mall

Associated Press |


The dozens of protesters who’ve camped out at Nebraska’s Capitol mall for almost six months are packing up.

The members of Occupy Lincoln have a Tuesday deadline to leave the grounds around the State Capitol, the Lincoln Journal Stare reported ( http://bit.ly/IeU93y). A construction crew needs the space for an upcoming renovation project for Centennial Mall.

The Occupy movement began last year in New York, decrying what protesters see as corporate greed and the growing gap between rich and poor. The Lincoln offshoot took up residence on Oct. 15. Almost six months later, about two dozen tents remain with about 15 campers.

The protesters say Tuesday’s deadline doesn’t mean their work is over. A new camp of about six tents has appeared nearby, and some members have vowed to remain at the current site despite the deadline.

Mary Ann Shiech told the newspaper she won’t leave the mall because she’s worried about a push by the city of Lincoln to block camping at the mall and force protesters to leave each day. She said she believes the idea will pick up steam with the protesters gone. Occupy Lincoln has hired an attorney to fight the city’s proposal.

Shiech said the mall around the State Capitol is the most logical place in the city for protests.

“It is such a great spot for it. If you can’t come before your government … where can you go?” she said. “We’re tired of being hidden away.”

The lengthy protest at the mall has been peaceful, but the Lincoln police department is making plans to deal with campers who refuse to leave on Tuesday.

Assistant Chief Brian Jackson said he expects most people to comply with the deadline.

“Whether they believe they are in the right or not, they have decisions to make at that point. But if they choose to go otherwise, that forces us to another decision point,” he said.


Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.com

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Saturday, April 28, 2012 12:46 pm.

Updated: 5:28 pm.


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