When I visited Occupy Syracuse at the end of October, I noted the protester’s good relations with the police force of the medium sized city in Upstate New York. I wrote, “Unlike the situation in many other cities, where police are engaging in violent attacks against occupation protests, the Occupy Syracuse protesters are maintaining a positive relationship with their city’s law enforcement. When I visited the protest yesterday afternoon, one of the occupiers pointed out a single police car parked across the street. The protesters are bringing coffee and doughnuts to the officers in the car every now and then, and the police are helping the protesters stay safe.”
Now, nearly three months later, that positive relationship may be about to change – through no fault of the protesters. At 8:00 this morning, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner walked down to the Occupy Syracuse site and told the people there that they had 24 hours to stop their protest and leave.
The members of Occupy Syracuse are asking their supporters to contact the office of Mayor Stephanie Miner at:
Phone: (315) 448-8005
…and to call Van B. Robinson, President of the Syracuse Common Council at: (315) 448-8466