As these deranged “Occupiers” enter the death throes of their sad, little movement, it appears they’ll do anything for attention. I guess these intellectual titans finally came up with a brilliant plan to really win over public support: Trying to “occupy” a church that refuses to allow them to camp out on their property. Heck, why not just go occupy a kindergarten? I’m sure the five-years-olds would support the childish antics.
About 100 Occupy Wall Street protesters flooded the Trinity Church property they had vowed to take over in lower Manhattan on Saturday but were quickly pursued by cops.
The protesters who were gathering all day next to the property erected and climbed over portable wooden steps in the late afternoon.
Once inside the fenced-in area, Mike Sweeney, 22, said he was met with chaos.
“I just saw everyone starting to run,” said Sweeney, of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
“(Police) came in with the clubs out and ready to hit people,” he said. “For a second it really felt like we had it.”
He said he escaped by going under the fence.
“When I was just getting out, I think the person behind me got pulled back under the fence by a cop,” he said.
Cops corralled about 30 protesters and put them on a bus. Police confirmed they made arrests but provided no details.
Maneola Madeira, 26, of Fort Greene, Brooklyn, got in by going under the fence.
“We were all cheering,” she said, but cops came in wielding batons. “I don’t think we provoked anybody.”
“We have no weapons,” she said. “We’re not aggressive.”
Yeah, I guess trying to take over a church is just some peaceful aggression.
Church officials have said they supported the movement but that their property wasn’t available for occupation. OWS had warned their ranks might try to seize property anyway.
“Trinity has clearly shown its support for the wider goals of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and has aided protesters directly through pastoral care and extensive use of parish facilities. They have said ‘yes’ to requests for meeting space, bathroom facilities, private conference rooms, housing referrals, and pastoral care, and continue to look for ways to provide direct support to those who identify with the movement in Lower Manhattan,” Bishop Sisk said. “Providing private land without facilities for indeterminate usage, however, poses significant health and safety concerns, and is beyond the scope of Trinity’s mission. To this, the parish has reasonably said, ‘no.’”