Published on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 by Coloradoan.com
Colorado, Occupy Demonstrators Dig In; No Plan to End Protest Fort Collins
by Trevor Hughes
Police say the group is permitted to stand on public property as long as no one camps or sets up tents.
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"This country was founded on the basis of us looking out for each other," said protester and musician Eric Eisen, 30, "We should be taking better care of each other."
Among those attending Tuesday night's general assembly was Pye Schure, 16, who said she's frustrated that so much wealth is controlled by so few people. She said too many wealthy people win public office, and the system seems set up to ensure that they stay there.
"I think it's amazing that people are finally understanding that corporations are buying our politicians," Schure said.
Her brother, Zane, 20, said he's frustrated that while corporations rake in huge profits, they pay little or no taxes, especially when so many regular people are struggling just to get by.
Sam "Banjo Sam" Bodanny, 67, apologized to the group on behalf of his generation, which he said got "blinded" by a focus on families and work, and not on each other. Bodanny said he's participated in many protest movements during the years and has been struck by how good-hearted the "Occupy" movement is.
"Don't ever lose your idealism," he told the group. "You must carry on. This is your life."
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"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs