Occupy Fort Lauderdale Picks Civil Obedience, Caves to City's Rules and Takes Down Tents

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Civil disobedience (noun) 1. "The refusal to obey certain laws or governmental demands for the purpose of influencing legislation or government policy, characterized by the employment of such nonviolent techniques as boycotting, picketing, and nonpayment of taxes."

That's what Occupy Fort Lauderdale didn't do.

After losing the challenge to a city rule that required the occupiers to remove their tents from City Hall, Occupy Fort Lauderdale decided to show its defiance of government by packing up their tents and removing them from the property.

A judge temporarily blocked the rule requiring the removal of the tents after a request for an injunction was filed by a lawyer on behalf of the occupiers on the afternoon of November 23, but they came out losers after a court hearing on Friday.

The city argued the location of the tents at City Hall was in violation of the American with Disabilities Act and also raised sanitation and emergency-response concerns, in opposition to the occupiers' free-speech claim.

The ruling was that the tents had to go by 6 p.m. Sunday.

After raising some hands, possibly invoking some sparkle-fingers, the occupiers decided they'd comply with police and take down the tents so no one had to get arrested.

According to a statement from the group, the Fort Lauderdale cops showed up Sunday evening, and the occupiers tried to be cute by attaching the tents to ends of poles and hanging them in the air.

The cops informed the occupiers that it's still a tent even though it's attached to the end of the pole, and the occupiers responded by removing the tents from city property.

They're still hanging out at City Hall, but not everyone's too happy about the decision to comply with the city's rule.

"Some occupations end with a bang, some with a whimper, ours ended with a puke," one person posted on the group's Facebook page.


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Yuri Keyes
Yuri Keyes

Thank god these fakers are being exposed in the media. Evan Rowe is one of the leaders of these goofballs. They didnt even have a vigil for Scott Olsen like everyone else did. They didnt do anything for the Womens march day. They went shopping on black friday. They even attack activists violently when the get outed for being fake. 

I support the Occupy movement and most of the occupy locations nationwide. That being said, Evan Rowe, Ron Gunzberger, James Christiansen, Christine DeLaCruz, Olivia Ferguson, Mike Howson and the rest do NOT represent the movement. They lied about gathering food to feed the homeless and hoard the donated food for themselves at 736/738 3rd st. I went by this command center of theirs only to see that its reinforced with sheetmetal covering the windows. When I asked about the waco style compound reinforcements I was told it was for phase 2 warfare against the government.

Pete Pepper
Pete Pepper

Kinda funny that they go after OWS, yet never go after the tea baggers who cause much more trouble.  Guess its because the tea baggers are bankrolled by FOX.

FQS9000
FQS9000

Hooray, these twerps aren't quite dumb enough to go to jail.  I'm amazed.

GuntherZorn
GuntherZorn

This ain't your father's civil disobedience.

xxx
xxx

a bunch of pussies & the laughingstock of the other occupies

Evan Rowe
Evan Rowe

Nobody is happy with it, but at this point, the ocftl is in court over it.  Civil Disobedience hasn't been ruled out.  But it may not be until there is a more coherent set of demands on the table like a demand on local taxes be placed on elite individuals and high income earners in exchange for a guaranteed income for the base of the society (you know, that whole working class majority that reaps nearly zero amount of benefits of collective political power that exists)

anonymous
anonymous

They are not pitching tents and living on city property

Karl
Karl

Evan, you must bew looking for "from each acording to abuility, to each acording to need....

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