Occupy Minnesota had a laid back feel about it on Monday morning at the Hennepin County Government Center plaza, renamed “People’s Plaza” by the protesters. About 75 people were on hand at about 10:30 a.m.
The plaza is taking on a more permanent occupation-look with tables along one side of the plaza, loaded with food, a make-shift free lending library, a children’s play area, a lost and found booth and a communications center. The protesters were lent some solar panels that they are using to generate electricity for laptops, a printer and cell phones after authorities shut off power to the plaza last week.
Organizers believe more people will be showing up for an “Indigenous People’s Rally” at 5:30 p.m. today and an 11 a.m. march on local banks on Tuesday.
More actions are publicized for later in the week including an antiwar gathering at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday to participate in a 1:30 p.m. march in Minneapolis to mark the 10th anniversary of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, sponsored by the Minnesota Peace Action Coalition and other groups.
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