Capitol Ideas: Occupy Harrisburg Protesters Disrupt Redistricting Meeting
For more than a half hour, Friday’s meeting of the Legislative Reapportionment Committee was diverted by members of Occupy Harrisburg, according to post on John Micek’s Capitol Ideas blog.
“One after the other, several protesters took up a repeating demand for ‘redress of government,’ as they reminded the panel that voters “pick the government” and not the other way round.”
“The protesters also repeatedly charged that the noontime session had shut out working people who might have wanted to attend but could not because they had to work.”
The vocal protest – driven by chants of “mic check!” and employing “human microphone” technique used by Occupy Wall Street demonstrators and others – took place as Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson ordered local police to evict the Occupy Harrisburg contingent from their gathering place at Riverfront Park along the Susquehanna River.
The City maintained that the protesters were in violation of at least four local ordinances, most significantly Section 10-301.15: “No person shall camp in any park in other than permanent areas for organized camping provided by the Department and used by groups of persons under adequate supervision.”