Occupy Wall Street protesters brought their usual complaints and nonconformist attire to a parade in St. Louis this St. Patrick's Day. Video shows the protesters marching in the parade holding signs and chanting before stopping in the middle of the street for a mic check. Some in the crowd booed and heckled the protesters. The Gateway Pundit caught the demonstration on tape (Warning: Strong Language):
The Gateway Pundit reports that the St. Louis Police Department were seen "booting this offal off the street" after marching only a couple of blocks of the parade route.
While many Occupy groups packed up and went home over the winter, leaving only a fractional numbers of protesters at camps in comparison to the movement's peak last fall, Occupiers have still drawn the ire of the St. Louis police department. KMOV reports that 15 protesters were arrested Friday following "a testy confrontation" with St. Louis police during the first day of an Occupy Midwest regional gathering that will be held in the city this weekend:
'About 150 protesters sought to set up an encampment Thursday at Compton Hill Reservoir Park, but were told by police they would be in violation of the park's 10 p.m. curfew.
At around 10:30 p.m., officers moved in, prompting a skirmish that left some protesters bloodied. Officers used pepper spray during the exchange. Two of the 14 arrested are expected to face resisting arrest charges in addition to curfew violation charges.'
Occupy St. Louis raised concerns among the city's police force last October when St. Louis hosted the first games of the World Series. On the day of the first game, a free (possibly illegal) commercial-less broadcast was projected on a big screen at the Occupy St. Louis campsite. An announcement of the event read:
'Can’t afford a ticket to the World Series? Of course you can’t! Come watch the game with the 99%! Show the world that there isn’t a need for corporate sponsors to enjoy baseball!
Rally at 5:30!'
The St. Louis Cardinals would go on to win the series. It is unclear if the Occupy Wall Street movement has accomplished anything.