Occupy Youngstown protestors remain, tent gone

Occupy Youngstown protestors remain, tent gone

YOUNGSTOWN — About a dozen city police officers and firefighters confiscated a tent, burn barrel, three chairs and several wooden signs this morning from the Occupy Youngstown site in Central Square.

There were four Occupy Youngstown members at the location when police and fire arrived around 7:30 a.m. today, said Luke Walker, who was among the four.

An officer gave the group a five-minute warning that the items would be confiscated, Walker said.

The Occupy members offered no resistance, and the police and firefighters were respectful saying they were only doing their jobs, Walker said.

Occupy Youngstown has no plans to leave the location, said Thomas Sabatini, a member.

Members will meet later today to decide whether to put up another tent and replace the confiscated items, he said.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if this continues again and again” Sabatini said. “We have the right to remain in a public space and express public opinion.”

Police Chief Rod Foley had ordered the group to remove the tent, barrel and other items by midnight Thursday, citing city-ordinance violations.

Occupy Youngstown members refused. Police and firefighters — the latter to properly extinguish the burn barrel — arrived at 7:30 a.m. today and removed the items.

For the complete story, read Saturday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com

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