Occupy Activists In Raleigh Ask To Camp At NC Capitol

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Anti-Wall Street protesters are asking North Carolina officials again to let them camp on the old Capitol grounds after a week of demonstrations.

The Occupy Raleigh group announced Thursday it had filed an extended-use permit starting Saturday through Oct. 30 with the Department of Administration.

Hundreds of people attended last weekend's rally on the grounds in downtown Raleigh. The permit lasted only four hours, and police arrested 20 people who refused to leave later that evening. A small group has been demonstrating this week on a sidewalk next to the Capitol square.

The department earlier denied a longer extended permit. A letter accompanying the new application says demonstrators have been peaceful and pose no threat of violence. A phone message left at the department after business hours wasn't immediately returned.


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  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Oct 25, 2011 at 08:43 AM
    Oh, it keeps getting better...from the Blaze; Former Louisiana Congressman, former Grand Wizard of the KKK, and unabashed anti-Semite David Duke has joined the fight. Mr. Duke dreams of a very different country than most of us desire. Among his twisted desires, he wants segregation brought back to America: “Our clear goal must be the advancement of the white race and separation of the white and black races. This goal must include the freeing of the American media and government from subservient Jewish interests.”
  • by Bubba on Oct 21, 2011 at 10:18 AM
    Shame on you... If I want to protest the "Sky being blue"... I have the right to do that in this country. I may look like an idiot, but in a FREE society, we are all afforded that most precious of rights. It seems to me the people who are most upset with these protesters are the ones who have "settled" in life with a job they hate, a mortgage they don't want, and are probably just able to afford their lifestyle that society has deemed necessary. And they are upset because they didn't have the #$%@ when they were young to make the right decisions for themselves and follow their dreams. Nobody ever wants to grow up working for the man.
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      by Obama Snake Oil co on Oct 21, 2011 at 03:24 PM in reply to Bubba
      Oh no, Bubba, I have gone to the Tea Party rallys and Glen Becks rally...I love my job, my country and have almost paid off my house. It sounds like the only person that has a real problem....is, ahh...well you!
  • by BOOBOO on Oct 21, 2011 at 08:48 AM
    Interesting week to pick. Isn't (liberal)UNC-Chapel Hill on fall break that week?
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Oct 21, 2011 at 08:12 AM
    I would allow it if they leave it like it was when the left. Compare the two videos and then think, which do you want; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMrJE7J3fWU or do you want; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NioIQc6hA8M
  • by neil Location: asheville nc on Oct 21, 2011 at 07:21 AM
    Ok, so these Occupy people want to protest the greed of wall street etc....but they want a free place to camp in the middle of downtown? It's already happened here in Asheville...now we have a tent camp as you enter downtown. Full of nothing but homeless and drifters who obviously have no jobs or any other ventures that provide any kind of tax base for the country. Once they relized in cost money to rent space in a city, they move towards city council asking them to allow them to be there for free...ultimately costing asheville citizens over $100,000 in six months. Get a job, a house, a kid, and then complain about taxes and wall street. It's a ploy for attention and they've recruited the drifters and homeless. Maybe Wall Street's occupancy is sort of justified...down in the Carolina's it's a joke.
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Oct 22, 2011 at 04:03 PM in reply to neil
      Exactly! Those supporting are either no where near the disruption, or are part of the 'squatters convention'. What a sham and a shame. I think people who do not have the education are the ones who can only make a public disruption, rather than truly make contributions of a more agreeable nature.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Oct 21, 2011 at 06:32 AM
    I have to wonder why they want to 'camp out' so bad. Is it to tell the grand kids someday? I agree with OSOC and Beth. I think it's a lame excuse to picnic and party on someone else's dime.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 21, 2011 at 06:44 AM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
      You probably haven't yet felt the effects of Wall Street and the banks irresponsible, reckless policies. Soon enough, they want it all, they'll get around to taking your's eventually.
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        by dnc79 on Oct 21, 2011 at 07:59 AM in reply to
        Really, well at least they go to work to take my money...not sit around in public parks and lawns of government buildings and suck it up.
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          by Anonymous on Oct 21, 2011 at 10:27 AM in reply to dnc79
          Do you even have a clue as to the amount of money these guys have stolen??? The total of all government assistance is less than one percent of what the Financial sector crooks have made away with.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 21, 2011 at 06:13 AM
    Let em camp out for a couple of weeks BUT only if they agree to clean the fairgrounds when the fair ends on Sunday.
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Oct 22, 2011 at 04:04 PM in reply to
      GREAT IDEA! Let these squatters make a true contribution to N.C. Trash and litter is terrible everywhere.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Oct 21, 2011 at 05:14 AM
    Let them protest, however, make they responsible for clean up and maintenance of the grounds. Have someone personally, take that upon themselves and fuss away all you want. Like Wisconsin, they trashed the capitol with no liability to fix the damage they did. Funny, after Obama was elected it cost millions to clean up the mall. After Becks rally there, nothing to clean up, they took care of clean up prior to leaving. That story is well documented. Same applies here.
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      by Disgusted on Oct 21, 2011 at 06:35 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      That says a lot about the clientele at these rallies too! Go figure!
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        by Anonymous on Oct 21, 2011 at 10:28 AM in reply to Disgusted
        What says a lot? Do you have any proof of anything, or just OSOC's speculation?
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      by Anonymous on Oct 21, 2011 at 10:30 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      Well documented by whom, FOX liars? I've seen plenty of pictures of the awful messes left by the Tea Party government check-seekers and freeloaders.
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Oct 21, 2011 at 03:31 PM in reply to
        Thanks god you posted that. George Soros has been looking for those facts for at least 2 years on Fox and the Tea Party. You should contact Mediamatters right away with the facts and pictures of those awful messes....he will say hallaluya! Finally, someone to reward the millions of dollars he has spent looking for one shread of evidence. It will be more important than the killing Kaddafi story. Wait, are you one of those libterdial millionaires like Warren Buffet? The guy that says he pays more than his secretary? The guy that hasn't paid his taxes since 2002? Come on man, for you to find that picture of the Tea Party trashing an event, you must have spent more than Soros millions? I mean...you wouldn't make up a story and lie about it would you? I will be looking for the story on the headline in Saturdays news on WITN. I am sure it will be there or be prepared to be called a liar...I will wait....
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Oct 24, 2011 at 10:09 AM in reply to
        Like I implied, you sir, are a liar.
  • by Beth on Oct 21, 2011 at 03:34 AM
    As a North Carolina citizens, I don't want a group of unemployeed people lounging and destroying state property that has to be kept up by WORKING, TAX PAYING citizens. Tell them to go get jobs and housing and they won't need space to hang out.
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      by I Fought the Law on Oct 21, 2011 at 06:15 AM in reply to Beth
      Absolutely agree with you....there are jobs out there but these folks would rather whine and complain and spend the day doing nothing.
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        by Anonymous on Oct 21, 2011 at 10:31 AM in reply to I Fought the Law
        Obviously they ARE doing something, not just griping on and online forum.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 21, 2011 at 06:41 AM in reply to Beth
      Tell the GOP to pass the Jobs Bill. You can't have it both ways.
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        by Anonymous on Oct 21, 2011 at 07:22 AM in reply to
        The "jobs" bill is worthless...nothing but tax based jobs that we don't have the taxes to support.
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        by Obama Snake Oil co on Oct 21, 2011 at 07:42 AM in reply to
        So you believed that BS Obama is pushing? Its another stimulusporkulusterdulus bill. Can you send him the money? The US ran out with his last spending porkulusterdulusfullofit Bill.
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Oct 22, 2011 at 04:05 PM in reply to Beth
      You are 100% right!!
  • by T Maxx Location: G-vegas on Oct 20, 2011 at 09:15 PM
    people are protesting about the banks and rick folks not paying their fair share. amazing but its alot of hard working people who have invest their 401k in the stock market, goping to turn a profit. So now we are against those who turn a profit legally and work hard for their money. If this country is so bad and you tell me where is a better one. I lived in foregin country before and this one is the best thing going. How about occupy the white house and stop by Obama. Oh that right he is on a bus tour which the bus was built in Canada not America. I am sure most of the individuals who are occupin the wall street and other places vote for Obama, why dont you asked him to pull his head out of his butt. he has done a stumilus package before and it didnt work, now he wants another one come on give me a break. An memeber of his own party wont help pass it, that should tell you something. I dont blame Raleigh for their decision.
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