Nothing quite gets you in the Christmas spirit as a couple of mostly peaceful occupiers trying to beat the snot out of each other, huh?
Occupy Nashville protesters have been together since October 6 on Legislative Plaza. But on a day that many intended to be full of festivities, quite the opposite took center stage for a time.
“Well, today we’re celebrating mainly Christmas, but all holidays, of course,” said protester Lauren Mindos.
The group’s plan to celebrate the holidays together seemed fitting, especially since they have spent so much time together over the past few months and friends have become like family.
“It was a beautiful day. There was music,” explained Mindos. “There was dancing.”
However, that peace didn’t last the entire day.
Tensions flared between Occupy protesters on Christmas day. The situation got so bad, a NewsChannel 5 videographer had to call police for help.
NewsChannel 5’s videojournalist was on assignment at Legislative Plaza Sunday covering the holiday celebration, when the angle of the story suddenly changed. Two of the protesters started arguing with each other; one of them was three-months pregnant. Harsh words led to hair pulling and punching, and both of them landed on the ground.
While other protesters tried to break up the situation, NewsChannel 5’s videographer called 911 for help. Medics rushed to the scene and took the pregnant protester to the hospital to be checked out. Police started investigating the situation, and charges may be filed.
But overall, protesters said it was an unconventional Christmas they can call a success, even if peace didn’t always prevail.