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Occupy Youngstown members mulling order from police chief

Published: Thu, November 10, 2011 @ 4:00 p.m.

Occupy Youngstown members mulling order from police chief

YOUNGSTOWN — Police Chief Rod Foley has given members of the Occupy Youngstown movement until midnight to remove a tent, tarps, chairs and all other items from their location in the city’s Central Square.

If the items aren’t gone by then, Foley said police will remove the items and members “risk being cited for the violation.”

Occupy Youngstown members will meet at 8 p.m. to decide what they’ll do. Foley hand-delivered a letter ordering the removal of the items around noon today.

“Tonight will be the moment of truth for all of us, where [we will] decide to continue quiet compliance or possibly determine that it is now necessary for civil disobedience to ensue,” said Alta Sacra, an Occupy member.

Youngstown Mayor Charles Sammarone said the city has been patient with the Occupy members. The group’s members can continue to picket and march, but they won’t be permitted to keep items at their location because it blocks the sidewalk, a violation of city law, he said.

The group set up on Oct. 15 after a rally. Initially, the group — protesting a variety of issues including state Issue 2, the influence of Wall Street and bank reform — planned to stay until Tuesday, Election Day. But over the weekend, the group decided to stay on Central Square indefinitely.

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1Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

It's gonna get chilly tonight and the weather may chase them out . So what beef do they have against the city ? . . ..

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2Attis(1129 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

To forcibly remove these patriotic protesters on Veterans Day, originally Armistice Day, is an insult to all veterans and peacemakers. Who defended the freedom of these Americans to protest tyranny? Let freedom ring, especially in the poorest city in America.

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3tommygc(25 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Thats a whole lot of muscle flexed by the new police chief , but he could never outdo the muscle flex you get when the MIKE and BOB show move their lips

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4captdinger(110 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

"Alta Sacra", my name is "Sue", how do you do??

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5howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

My name is Howard Markert as a Youngstown resident (West Side), property owner, and small business owner,
I support and participate in the Occupation!

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6woolyd(579 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

So let me get this straight. These people were here to help repeal Senate Bill 5 which allows the police to still have collective bargaining?!?! Now that its repealed its a "FU" attitude towards those who helped. Wow Mahoning County politics at its best,

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7salem26(13 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

These Occupy "Where-ever" people are nothing but a bunch of socialists wanting free handouts. As a 23-old-year recent college graduate, what makes me most sick is these pot-head, hippie students who want their student loans forgiven. It's called a LOAN, its not free money. Maybe if they worked hard in school to earn scholarships, worked part-time, and didn't blow their money on booze and weed, they could graduate in 4 years, without being in debt.

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8UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

I remember stories from my grandfather about the steelworker union fights in Youngstown in the 30's when the YPD & Steel Company Detectives confronted the union strikers and lost because the workers brought guns and baseball bats to the party with many dead. This is America - let them protest and occupy, the snow is falling, weather cold, and they will soon be gone anyway.

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9pgurney(296 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Oh brother! Now it's becoming a "free speech" thing? I'm so tired of all this free speech crap. It gets abused too often.

WAKE UP people. YOU are not being told to leave. You are being told to remove your tents, burn barrels, etc. Remember, you were issued the permit to occupy that corner, with the STIPULATION that there would be no tents, or "encampment" items involved. Get a copy of the permit and READ it.

Again, YOU are not being told to leave. You are being told to adhere to the rules that the permit holder agreed to. We ALL have to obey the law, or there are consequences. You are no different than the rest of us.

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10Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Did the weather force them out last night ?

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11db(280 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

The party's over; time for the hippies and dopers to go back to daddy's house. Or better yet, why not camp in Hippie Hagan's yard?

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12howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

While Occupy Youngstown has been a 24/7 presence on Federal square, the crime rate for the immediate area has plummeted compared to the same time frame last year or to almost any other 30 day period. Intelligent people would think that the Mayor, Chief and downtown businesses would want us to hang around!

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