Are Homeless People Being Displaced By 'Occupy' Protests?
Salt Lake City police are moving homeless people to make space for occupiers
Seems like even the "Occupy" movements going on across the country are showing that even the poor have a class system.
Salt Lake City police are said to have been harassing homeless people at Pioneer Park in favor of making space for Occupy protesters. Police have been ticketing and arresting homeless people for smoking and loitering. They are even going as far to say that there are drug dealers on the premises taking advantage of large crowds that have been sleeping there overnight. In their defense, officials have said they were already arresting homeless people at the park long before the occupy movements came.
Some protesters started an additional rally where they stood outside of the police precinct to show their disapproval of how the force is treating the homeless.
"The funny thing is they weren't giving tickets to the campers, they were giving tickets only to the homeless people," one protester told local news station KSL. "(The police) are not here to bring peace and protection to the people here. For some reason, their efforts here are directed to the homeless people. That's how the homeless people in the park feel."
Other protesters don't mind the police presence though. They feel that the homeless are there seeking to partake of the free food, clothes and first aid kits afforded to the protesters. According to Salt Lake City Examiner Phoebe Bergvall some protesters are blaming the homeless for distractions, stress and complications.
Guess this means the people who are kind of poor think that those who are really poor aren't a part of the "99."