A Bloomington city council candidate says the city is wasting resources by allowing members of the Occupy Movement to continue to camp out in a city park.
Bloomington City-Council at Large candidate Ed Schwartzman says he follows motto from a philosopher: “I may not agree with what you have to say but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” But he says the occupy movement is breaking the law.
“It still doesn’t give any group, whether I support everything they’re doing or nothing they’re doing and supporting everything in between, I think our current laws are such that there really is no right of any group to occupy a public space and that is not anti the movement,” Schwartzman says.
According to an ordinance, Bloomington parks close at 11 p.m. City officials however have been allowing members of the Occupy group to stay in People’s Park overnight.
Fourth district City Councilman Dave Rollo says as long as the movement is peaceful he does not see a reason for the occupants to have to move.
“It’s everyone’s park and so having a particular group occupy the majority of it, I think is a very salient point and I think that’s something that we’ll need to resolve as we go forward,” Rollo says. “So far I’m happy to continue to allow it as long as it remains peaceful.”
The city is continuing to clean the park while it is being occupied. Both politicians say they think this is a grassroots movement and this is just beginning.