‘Occupy Broad Street’ Event Planned Locally
The town of Southern Pines has received a permit application for a group to conduct an “Occupy Broad Street” demonstration modeled after the protests in New York.
If the Outdoor Special Event permit is granted by the town, the event is scheduled to be held Saturday, Dec. 10, in the downtown park.
“The various departments are reviewing the application,” said Town Manager Reagan Parsons.
The application was signed by Kevin A. Smith, a freelance writer who contributes a column to The Pilot every two weeks. He could not be reached Friday for comment.
A Facebook page titled “Occupy Broad Street” surfaced late last week. “We have the park in downtown Southern Pines on Saturday, Dec. 10th, from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.,” Smith said in a posting Friday.
The site was created by Lesley MacIntyre Nester, who posted, “Come out and and tell Wall Street and big banks that you have had enough of their corporate greed! Let’s support the Wall Street protesters by showing them that they have satellite groups all across America.”
Occupy Wall Street began Sept. 17 in the financial district of New York City. That protest inspired demonstrations in more than 1,600 cities.
Participants are mainly protesting social and economic inequality, corporate greed and corruption.
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