PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Protesters with ‘Occupy Philadelphia’ woke up on Dilworth Plaza after spending their first night camped outside of City Hall.
Many spent a peaceful night in tents and sleeping bags. Those who were still up at 1 a.m. got a surprise visit from Mayor Michael Nutter.
“He spent (around) a half-hour-to-45 minutes. Took his time and spoke to anyone who was still awake,” described one of the protesters. “The tone of the conversation was, ‘Keep it peaceful, we want to support you. We understand what your causes are. Don’t forget that we’re here for you too.’ It was a really nice conversation.”
Also Friday morning, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey stopped by to survey the scene and said they wanted to make sure they oversee the protest without cracking heads or using pepper spray, which has been done in other cities.
“We have tracked every single city in which this is taking place and our goal is to make Philadelphia the example of how to do it without any of that kind of conflict. Hopefully we’re successful,” Ramsey said.
The main event that is expected on Friday is a march down to the stock exchange building.
Reported by Paul Kurtz, KYW Newsradio 1060