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Scene: Day 3 of Occupy Pittsburgh

By David Gerber, Contributing Writer

It was the third day of protesting Monday, and the people involved in Occupy Pittsburgh said they don’t plan on leaving until they see a change in what they describe as government complicity in corporate corruption.

On Saturday, protesters gathered in Pittsburgh’s Mellon Green, a stretch of grass at Grant Street and Sixth Avenue that’s owned by BNY Mellon. They set up shop in the middle of town in order to make their voices be seen and heard.

Tents now occupy the entire plot of land made available to the protesters. Small cardboard walkways atop a straw bed snake their way through the camp in order to establish transportation from tent to tent.

The protesters have conducted various marches, chanting calls, and other forms of protest within the past three days of their occupancy, all of which have been peaceful in nature.

As reported by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, some of the protests in other cities have ended in mass arrests, but in Pittsburgh, police reported no major incidents, property damage or arrests. At one point, police borrowed the protesters’ megaphone to tell them that bank executives said they may stay there as long as they are respectful, which one organizer declared “a victory for us and a loss for Mellon.”

Signs now line the entire campsite, reading, “power to the people,” “End the Fed, save jobs,” and “I’m ready to work.”

At around 2 PM Monday, a small group of protesters lined the intersection of Grant and Sixth streets downtown, shouting in unison, “cant stop the power of the people because the power of the people don’t stop.”

All types of people are involved in the protests, young, old and of all different types of occupation, including retired veterans.

Julian Vaughan, a psychologist, said that the message is simple and that he and his colleagues do not plan on leaving anytime soon.

“The weather does kind of put a damper on the mood sometimes, it can get pretty cold out here at night,” said Mr. Vaughan, a native of Southern California. “It won’t stop what we stand for though.”

“We will force them to change their ways,” says Vaughan. “The problem is greed and corruption and this needs to be fixed. We will stay here as long as we need to in order to accomplish this.”

“We will not stay silent anymore, our voices will be heard,” read one sign a woman was holding within the camp.

Steve Orosz, 70, of Squirrel Hill, a former federal government and NATO employee, dressed in a sport coat, held up a cardboard sign that read: “Government should represent people not corporations.”

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