Occupy Omaha uncertain about plans


November 7th, 2011

Omaha, NE – Occupy Omaha representatives are still trying to work out where to continue their protest. After group members were evicted from their location at a city parking lot on 24th St. and Farnam late in the night last week, the group has not yet found a suitable spot to re-locate – at least not one both the group members and the city can agree to.

Occupy Omaha protesters (seen here at the protest kick-off Oct. 15) are looking for a fourth location to demonstrate, after being asked to leave three initial protest sites. (Photo by Robyn Wisch)

A representative of the group, Jane Martin, had requested a permit from the city to hold a demonstration at Elmwood Park. But Monday, a spokesperson for Mayor Jim Suttle’s office, Aida Amoura, announced that request was withdrawn.

Protesters have said Elmwood Park would not be suitable for a demonstration site because it is not visible to city traffic. In an interview with KVNO News last week, Jim Morrison, one of the organizers of the officially leaderless group, said, “It’s not going to be suitable. We’ve already discussed that and agreed upon as a group that would not be a suitable location for us to relocate.”

Apparently, when Martin made the permit request for Elmwood Park, she did so without the group’s consensus.

Occupy Omaha has also withdrawn plans to go before the Omaha City Council tomorrow. Initially, Morrison said the group was placed on the council’s agenda, and planned to request an overnight permit at a city park, as well as discuss other possible protest locations aside from Elmwood Park.

Amoura said the group has indicated it should have a plan in place by the end of the week.

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