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Another Day Of Post-Eviction Occupy Philly

Walt Hunter reports

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The post-eviction Occupy Philly protesters were still out on Dilworth Plaza Tuesday morning. The ranks have thinned, but dozens of tents remain with only a light police presence.

Morale also seemed to be high, possibly emboldened by the city’s lack of follow-up, so far, to its eviction order.

“Nothing has really changed. We still have our meetings. We still have our actions, beliefs, commitments. We’re still fighting the good fight,” said Justin Murphy, one of the protesters.

One of their actions included what they call a “5 a.m. stroll” to Rittenhouse Square, which was blocked off by police.

The attitude among protestors, who have lived with the looming threat of forced eviction since the Sunday 5 p.m. deadline passed, may be described by a large spray-painted sign in the middle of Dilworth Plaza that reads “Evolve or Die.” Members of the movement have been talking about taking their protests beyond Dilworth Plaza.

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(One of the signs on Dilworth Plaza. Credit: Paul Kurtz)

“Next place could be Thomas Paine Plaza (Where a permit was granted to the ‘Reasonable Solutions’ faction of Occupy.) After that could be Rittenhouse, Temple University, Drexel University, or The University of Pennsylvania,” Murphy said. “It’s about growing and spreading, not displacing. The way the city and police imagine it is that they are just going to shuffle us around. But that’s not the case at all. It’s about diffusion, spreading, growing and accumulating.”

In the wake of many homeless people leaving Dilworth Plaza after the deadline, a homeless advocate set up a tent encampment at Port Richmond and says his group has a small patch of ground where about 20 tents are set up.

Reported by Paul Kurtz, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • Rachel

    I like how the Occupy Philly or Homeless (both seem intertwined at this point) set up camp in Port Richmond…ruining the property of the 99% they are supposed to be representing. Why not camp in Society Hill or Rittenhouse if you want to make a point?

    They are set up right by a bus stop where kids have to catch the bus for school, urinating everywhere and leaving their drug paraphenalia. What they don’t realize is that Port Richmond residents are tough – many work hard, and pay taxes and don’t want people there freeloading. Also, when construction begins on I-95, construction crews are going to rip down your stuff. Just get out.

    It’s not our fault that the city has no resources for it’s homeless population, but Nutter saying that he cleaned up city hall is ridiculous – he just moved the problem elsewhere….we don’t want it, and they’ll have to leave.

  • Carol

    The Occupy Philadelphia protest has gone on long enough to demand that they pay for the police presence caused by their occupation and marches down busy, congested streets. Occupy Philadelphia is not achieving anything except the waste of taxpayer money spent on police, not to mention the not-so-welcoming sites of their eyesore tent areas.

  • fecal_heroes

    Liberal, Neo-conservative useful idiots and critics of Assembly, and frankly haters of truth and freedom, exist by feeding on the entrepreneurial, middle class.
    Which explains why the nation’s respect and admiration are with the dissidents being victimized by such Zionist apparachiks of the Fed, IMF and World Bank. And with the Anonymous and Wikileaks brigades.
    For they know, proletariat’s bad children and parasites will never admonish the Crony Capitalism feeding the latter’s addictions and narcissism. A special interest needful and earnest of all the hearty, steamy excrement patriots can provide. Sh!t and p!ss on, noble flea-baggers, lest the streets flow with blood.

    • John

      Of course! It’s the fault of the Jooooos! You are far too ignorant to post on a public forum, and far too ignorant to breed.

  • Alex

    Get out of Port Richmond!!! Setting up a homeless camp under I95 should NOT be associated with the Occupy movement– It is simply a group of homeless people taking advantage of the Occupy situation and resources. Unless you are planning to start paying property taxes on your tents in Port Richmond then GO AWAY!

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  • rifleman1234

    anyone that says “vote or die” or ” evolve or die” truly is un-american.

    obamas mom was white!!! 57 states!!! marxist!!!

  • Minimum Wage For Life

    If you break the law you will get arrested and convicted.

    The consequences of a criminal conviction are severe and permanent.

    • james

      unless of course its a white collar crime.

  • Sue

    These people need to go home. Eighty percent of them ARE not homeless. They are not getting any point across in my veiwpoint.

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