This man did not want his identity revealed but indicated he had recently arrived from the “Occupy Denver” protest.
WWOZ had a short interview with two “Occupy New Orleans” protesters who indicated that the event has morphed into a festival of sorts. I was in my car when I heard the discussion but was not able to get all the details. I called WWOZ but the DJ was unable to provide more info. The interview took place on the previous shift.
What I do remember about the interview is that the folks being interviewed said a small stage has been set up and various musicians will be performing this evening. It should be an interesting free show. The stage is pictured on the left.
Curious about the stage, I stopped by the Occupy New Orleans venue. The folks were friendly and eager to talk about the stage.
The assembled group indicated that they set up the stage last week. A group of gutter punks arrived and played music well into the night. The police came by about 2 a.m., not to harass anyone but to ask them to turn it down a bit.
They also said an engineer from the City came by and indicated that the stage needed a permit. That’s not an unreasonable request as the permit is to insure the safety of the occupants of the stage. I’m not an engineer but the stage looked reasonably well built.
The man just in from the “Occupy Denver” protest indicated that “the union” has supplied many of the tents. One might wonder why “the union” did not also get the necessary permits for the stage. It’s a small price to pay to insure the safety of the performers.
I indicated to the assembled group that the city would, at some point, have to take action. They understood that and indicated that the city has been extremely patient so far but knew at some point the situation would have to be addressed.
I know the city will eventually have to remove the protesters. Hopefully, the removal process will go smoothly with cooperation from everyone involved.
The assembled group did indeed fit the profile that has been presented by some in the media. It was 3 o’clock in the afternoon and the majority of the group I spoke with appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or some other substance.
Be that as it may, the people occupying the area were all friendly and almost businesslike in their possession of the area. It is a peaceful, well organized event.
New Orleans is different. The difference is we accept anyone and everyone regardless of their views or station in life. That’s why people love this place.