ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Officials in St. Louis braced for hundreds of Occupy protesters to descend on Downtown Thursday morning. St. Louis hosted the Occupy the Midwest movement the same weekend thousands were expected at the St. Patrick`s Day Parade.
November 2011, city police evicted the St. Louis group and arrested several protesters from Downtown`s Kiener Plaza. But on the Occupy The Midwest website, the group wrote "such a movement cannot be evicted".
So, members planned to register hundreds from Illinois, Iowa, Ohio and across the region to gather at Kiener. Organizers said the weekend will be more like a conference and less of a protest. But, Occupiers could not spend Saturday in the plaza. The St. Patrick's Day organizers already had a permit.
But, members planned to spend just about every other day in Kiener and several other sites around town. That included registration day Thursday morning.
It looks like organizers planned for every contingency, from food to clothing. They even had what they call a 'direct action' planned for Saturday, the one day they cannot gather at Kiener. That gathering will be at Wells Fargo, over a dozen blocks to the west of Kiener.
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