Monday, November 14, 2011

'Occupy Salt Lake' Protesters Get Back on the Horse

Count this as my foray into the exciting world of Sociopolitical Commentary!

After homeless man Michael Manhard, 42, was found dead in his tent at Pioneer Park this past Friday, Occupy Salt Lake protesters were forced to vacate the area.  Nineteen people were arrested Saturday night, as the po-po bulldozed the crap out of the premises.

Hours after Manhard was found dead of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning and a drug overdose, Salt Lake City police Chief Chris Burbank announced that nighttime camping would be banned, and in the meantime everyone would have to get the eff out.

Protesters were given an opportunity to gather their stuff, but it's not clear where people stayed once they were kicked out.  The bulldozer was technically not a bulldozer, but even though it was a slightly less-threatening front-end loader, protester Drew Baker was quick to draw comparisons to a police state.  The clearing out of Pioneer Park, the center of the Occupy Salt Lake rallies, went peacefully, even though nineteen folks were arrested for not leaving.

Despite being booted, protesters were back Sunday, doing their thing.  "We are here as an assembly of the people," said an anonymous protester. "They can tear down our tents but they can't tear us down. We are going to march forward under a broader vision."

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, "Occupy SLC members have complained the city used Manhard’s death as a pretense to close the camp and pointed out that more than 50 homeless people died in Salt Lake City last year with no response from the city."

A makeshift memorial for Michael Manhard was erected in the park Sunday.



  1. Carbon monoxide poisoning and drug overdose? I wonder which caused which.

  2. yikes, lucky no more people died.

  3. This is getting really ridiculous and I'm not even sure which direction things are headed anymore.

  4. Occupy salt street, new header for your blog.

  5. I support all the occupy movment!

  6. Kind of selfish of them to whine about getting kicked out instead of respecting the death of the poor guy, imo. I'm not a big fan of the occupy movement.

  7. I also support the occupy movement, but "occupy a small village" don't really make the headlines or change much. live simply, grow food, use less stuff and 'make do and mend' is my revolution

  8. The worlds a crazy place! The cops of salt lake city just threw salt in the eyes of the occupy movement!

  9. They were going to shut down the camp in my city, but then the protesters donated their tents to the homeless, and now the camp is still there. Everyone should get on that!


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