Sunday, November 13, 2011

Unoccupied

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Kiener Plaza Unoccupied 1
The police kicked the Occupy St. Louis protesters out of Kiener Plaza Friday night. There was plenty of warning and no violence. About 25 people who passively refused to move were arrested.

I stopped by yesterday afternoon to see what was left. The walkways and amphitheater that had been full of colorful tumult were empty but for a few earnest souls who could not tear themselves away. A couple of puzzling signs were still around and the east side of 7th Street looked like a small home eviction had occurred.

The movement could have meant so much more. My point of view is expressed in a Doonesbury comic strip from a couple of days ago.

Kiener Plaza Unoccupied 2

Kiener Plaza Unoccupied 3

8 comments:

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Yep, Gary Trudeau nailed it again.

cieldequimper said...

We are briskly heading into chaos...

Birdman said...

...it makes the world go round. Were these items headed to Goodwill?

VP said...

Sincerely, I do not like these guys and their so-called ideas. It is nice to see the place empty, for now...

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

When I was in high school, slept on the sidewalk in downtown St. Louis several times, but only to get day-of-game tickets for the Cardinals in the 1967 and 1968 World Series. The police put up barricades behind which we could safely wait outside the stadium ticket window.

JM said...

Great post, Bob. The b&w photo of the amphitheater is fantastic.

Jack said...

St. Louis is fortunate that it was able to bring its occupation to an end without significant violence. It will probably be a bit uglier elsewhere.

Choppography said...

The whole thing just seemed so misunderstood. And, I blame their "leadership" for an epic fail in getting their message out. I even tried to ask a few of them what they were doing there and got incoherent answers. I may not have talked to the right people, but the whole thing seemed kind of flat and underutilized.