Gee, we never saw this coming.
While several attorneys are fighting to keep the Occupy New Haven encampment on the Green, several members of the group said the Occupy movement has started to collapse.
Dozens of people make up Occupy New Haven — some who pitched a tent on the upper Green on Oct. 15, 2011, the day the movement started. But names and faces have changed since the movement began, so much so that a handful of the protesters said the cluster of tents on the Green is basically a homeless encampment now.
Occupier Matt Osborne said that, at this point, the local movement consists of “20 percent infiltrators, 20 percent tourists, 20 percent aberrant people, 20 percent unemployed people working for change and 20 percent semi-professional, professional organizers.”
“There is always tension in a community and this is a new community,” he said. “We know we are making mistakes, but we’re learning.”
immy Ferrara, another protester, said it’s not just about tension within the group, the real issue is that the people in the group have changed.
“The Occupy movement is basically gone,” he said. “People are drinking and starting problems. There is a lot of drug abuse and a lot of the big bosses left.”
According to the city’s brief filed in court, police have responded to nine calls regarding “a drunk person” during the occupation. The city said that crime overall has increased on the Green as a result of the occupation. According to the brief, there previously was an average of about 20 calls for police service on the Green during the time of year and the months occupiers have been on the Green. But since the occupation began, police have received 52 calls for service.
But hey, it was mostly peaceful at least.
Meanwhile, the New York Times once again tries to resuscitate the dead.
“They have fewer people, and it’s not a new story anymore that there were people protesting in the streets or sleeping in parks,” said Neera Tanden, the president of the Center for American Progress, a liberal organization that has strong ties to top Democrats and has encouraged the protests. “They need to think of new ways to garner attention and connect with people around the country.”
New ways to garner attention, outside or raping people and other assorted criminal endeavors. Good luck with that.