More tents than people? Occupy Boise leaves modest mark on opening of 2012 Idaho Legislature

Last week, House Speaker Lawerence Denney, whose Statehouse window overlooks the Occupy Boise encampment at 6th and Jefferson Streets, observed that the movement seemed "more tents than people."

Denney's assessment appeared valid Monday as just six protesters stood outside the House chamber to mark Gov. Butch Otter's State of the State and Budget Address and the opening of the Legislature. About 20 tents and other dwellings populate the site of the Old Ada County Courthouse.

The group's theme for the day was donning black or dark funeral attire "to mourn the death of democracy". The group urged supporters: "Come and be part of the solution to bring democracy back to life."

Two protesters wore black ninja full-face hoods and one wore a plastic bald-eagle head. A plastic skeleton was seated in a camp chair outside the House chamber, wearing a "We are the 99 Percent" T-shirt.

Three Idaho State Police officers stood watchfully by, but there was no apparent conflict as lawmakers left the chamber following Otter's speech.

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Modest mark?

I would argue they have made little to no mark. Rather than an empty eyesore of a tent city, it seems they would be more effective if they would organize a few, well attended events.
At this time, I believe they are completely ignored by the vast majority of lawmakers and their "presence" demonstrates weekness rather than a populist movement.

6 People?

That is not 99%....

Hopefully these 6 are part of the 220,000 new jobs the Fed Govt created last week....

Did I say created, or fabricated?

Maybe they are welders.

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Modest mark?

The only mark these degredates left was the complete disregard for public property and destruction of a once beautiful area of Boise! They all should be arrested and thrown in jail until such a time they have completely paid restitution for damages, and their room and board in jail while there!

Failed Strategy

The occupy movement didn't really move anything except for the police in most major cities. They have been more or less shut down. While I certainly appreciate the fact that in our country we have the right to protest, freezing to death in a tent is the same as the monks in Vietnam who lit themselves on fire to protest the war. It makes headlines but once they were gone they were gone.

But that's just MY opinion, I could be wrong.

littering

How about police coming in and removing any property not under direct oversight by the owner?

Abandoned property. Period.

why

And why are they still allowed to be there? They should be processed and then each apportioned a fine for the costs needed to clean up that mess. Otherwise the taxpayers are goign to have to pick up the tab.

Just have Phil Hart pick up the tab.

He owes us.

Even stoners can protest better.

Sine Die.

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