5-Day-Long Rally Planned in Downtown Tampa

After moving to West Tampa last December, the 99 percent will briefly return to downtown Tampa this week.


If you work in or frequent downtown Tampa, here's some news you need to know about. The Occupy Tampa movement is making a brief return to downtown streets starting tomorrow.

The group of protesters from Occupy Tampa is planning a 5-day long rally in downtown.

“It's time to remind the City of Tampa that we are still here, and we are not going anywhere! Let's dedicate these 5 days to staying 24/7 and fly signs, go on marches, and remain seen on the busiest road in town, Ashley Drive! This is not illegal so no need to fear arrest,” wrote organizer Tim Sommers on the Facebook page of the public event "5 day protest at Curtis Hixon Sidewalk."

What do you think about the Occupy movements? Let us know in the comments section.

Occupy Tampa moved from downtown to a private lot — owned by strip club king Joe Redner — in West Tampa last December.

The group plans to meet at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23, in front of the Bank of America building on North Tampa Street. The rally will continue until 10 a.m. on Monday, May 28, according to the event Facebook page.

The group plans to sleep either on the sidewalk in front of the Bank of America building or on the sidewalk in front of .

Jerry D'Amore May 22, 2012 at 08:12 PM
I guess it's time to cancel the trip to the Tampa Area. Who wants to put up with that.
Daryl Dixon May 23, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Can someone please tell me when capitalism became so evil? This occupy movement is not a grass roots movement is nothing more than a front for communist and socialist groups as well as the unions that have harnesses the angst of a generation of entitlement minded individuals to force their progressive agenda. Why don’t you take the 24/7 mentality and go look for work? I know you will say that the evil 1%’ers took all the money and now there are now jobs…whaa! I am so sick of this boo hooing, here is a little secret, life is not fair, things are never equal and it is not the government’s responsibility to take care of you. The Constitution only guarantees us “the pursuit of happiness”. I am not saying that there is no greed, there always has and there always will be but stop blaming other people or corporations for your problems or short coming, take responsibility and make something of yourself and not rely on someone or something to make it for you.
Joy Kobasko May 23, 2012 at 09:01 PM
They're not saying that capitalism is evil. They're saying that *crony capitalism* needs to be stopped. Their view is that government's been utterly corrupted and sold to the highest bidders by both parties...and the point of their actions are to wake people up to this reality.
Erik May 29, 2012 at 06:48 PM
I wanted to go but I had to work my 40+ hour a week job.If I just had a position in life that would allow me to sleep on a sidewalk and try to convince the general population that their the idiots.


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