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  •  I disagree (3+ / 0-)
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    Occupying a park doesn't prevent other people from accessing that park.  They simply have to share it with the other people who are there...which is the case on any given day anyway.  Isn't it?

    Are you referring to Occupy as "thugs" because you don't like their presence in public spaces or because you actually believe they are thugs?  

    "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -Gandhi

    by Triscula on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 10:15:43 AM PST

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    •  In fact it does (0+ / 0-)

      "prevent other people from accessing that park".  Turning an urban park into an "encampment" denies use of the space for its intended purpose to all the potential users of the space except the "campers".  It essentially "privatizes" the space for a few, removing it from the public use for which it was intended by those who developed it for public use in the first place.  Parks are "shared space" . . . they are no longer being shared when someone squats a tent and sets up housekeeping there . . . even public campgrounds have (necessary) limits on how long any single group can stay.

      Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

      by Deward Hastings on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 12:38:10 PM PST

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      •  Occupy has moved on. You haven't. (0+ / 0-)
      •  I can't figure out what you object to (1+ / 0-)
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        Is it the camping?  The extended presence?  The large numbers of people?  Protest in public space?  Help me out here.  Protests are generally held in public spaces and public parks certainly qualify as public space.  Do you feel that people with a grievance should simply stay home and write to their congressman?  

        Sometimes the push for change is inconvenient.  It might cause some inconvenience to picnickers occasionally.  

        "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -Gandhi

        by Triscula on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 05:26:58 PM PST

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