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Official Says It's Time Occupy Protestors Move On


Protestors are clashing with police as the Occupy Wall Street movement marks its two month anniversary. The Occupy movement has exploded into a nationwide and worldwide effort. Protesters have been clogging streets and tying up traffic around the nation.

The CEO of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce made his opinion of the movement very clear in a few of his tweets, asking "Silver Bells in the City, or garbage bags in the city?"

"I've had the opportunity as I traveled around the Lansing area in the last couple of days to drive by the Occupy Lansing encampment and frankly it's an unsightly mess," said Rich Studley, Lansing Chamber of Commerce. 

Studley says it's not the way he wants thousands to see the city he loves. Using Twitter to call it a "hobo camp" and a "garbage dump."

"It's a family event to come downtown and celebrate the holidays. It's not a political protest with people sleeping on the ground and camping in city parks," said Studley.

Occupiers say they don't get it.

"It kinda hurts to hear that but at the same time, has he ever been down here and seen what we do?" said Nicholas Cooper, an Occupy protestor.

"We do not allow violence, we do not allow alcohol or drugs, we are a peaceful movement," said Bernie Gillaspie, protestor. 

As bags of garbage sit around the park, protestors say they're doing what they can.

"We make sure everything's clean. We have people doing dishes every night, we keep it as sanitary as possible," said Gillaspie.

Studley says it's time for them to go.

"I'm not sure that that kind of melodramatic political demonstration really fits very well with Silver Bells in the City," said Studley, "Enough's enough, time to move on.

The protestors say they're not going anywhere.

"I have no plan to leave, I will be here until we get drug out," said Cooper. 

The mayor's office says it's not concerned about the occupiers. It says the park is well maintained and the protestors are conducting themselves in a responsible fashion.

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