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‘Occupy Philly’ Protesters Briefly Disrupt City Council Meeting

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The regular meeting of Philadelphia City Council was briefly disrupted this morning by members of the Occupy Philadelphia protest group.

About 40-50 members stood and shouted for about ten minutes just as Council president Anna Verna was about to begin the meeting.

Listen to the protest in this CBS Philly podcast (runs 1:54)…

Some protestors, in the mezzanine gallery, hung banners over the railing that said “Curfew = Jim Crow” and “City Hall Flash Mob.”

Plainclothes police officers stood nearby but took no action.

Eventually the protestors left the chamber peacefully, still chanting as they left the building.

Reported by KYW City Hall bureau chief Mike Dunn

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  • Anon

    WAKE UP PEOPLE! First, wether you agree with this Occupy movement or not, its a GLOBAL movement, not one just in the US or in Philly. Second, this is a country started by PROTESTERS. People who disented, questioned authority, and wanted change founded this country. The US has seen many positive changes from “those stinky people”. Remember the civil rights era? Remember the Veitnam protests? For the record, they were protesting to bring the troops home, not against the troops. What do occupiers want; Corp money/coruption out of politics. We have a flawed government that needs a major fixing. We need to get Wall Street bankers out of our gov’t. We need real jobs in the USA again. No more NAFTA!! And the top percent used to pay much more in taxes and our GDP was much stronger as well. You really need to wake up, how dare we as a country want to deny occupiers their 1st amnd right. They have the right to free speech and to peacefully assemble. I am a proud gun owner and I can tell you that if you want to take one of my .45s you’ll be prying it from my cold dead hands. As for “those stinky people”, they value the 1 amd rights the way us gun owners value the 2nd amnd and with out people like me and people like them this country would never have formed. If your truely patriotic thank a disenter and a gun owner. I am both. I am a MARINE, 3 tours in Iraq. I support the rights of the occupiers and since I have been home for 5 months and still have found zero empolyment I have found an occupation.
    Semper Fi,

  • Laura

    I don’t really understand what they want really. They want businesses in Philadelphia to pay higher taxes. I have worked for both small businesses and large corprations. This higher taxation will mean less jobs available, less salary increases, (even for those who are underpaid and want to eventually make a deacent salary,) and certainly less benefits because the money won’t be there to pay for any of these things. Those are just the basic things that can affect the average employee. This isn’t even including basic buidling maintenance that gets put off of anything like that.
    It doesn’t matter if its a large company or a small company. Every company has income and expenses. The Higher the profit margin the greater the possibility for expansion, more jobs, better benefits, local community support (donations to local organizations..) and so on.
    By no means am I suggesting that corporations go unchecked and are not expected to contribute to society and treat its empoyees fairly, but they are less likly to go above and beyond the bare minimal of what is legally required of them for anything if they are forced to pay more in taxes.
    Therefore, I don’t really understand how Occupy Phila gets that what they are proposing could be a good thing. Can someone explain thier ideas a little better?

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  • NS

    Time to evict these bums and throw them in jail for trespassing. The First Amendment is NOT absolute and does NOT allow you to break laws.

  • TJ

    Enough is enough

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