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“Occupy the Fed” Protesters Move to Gallivan Center

Occupy Wall Street Protestors who camped out on an empty, private lot on State Street in downtown Salt Lake City are moving to the Gallivan Center, the Salt Lake Tribune reports, after the city offered up the space. Management of the property had voiced concerns over the occupation. About 25 protestors were on the space on 147 South, where Justin Kramer previously told KCPW that many planned to stay until they were physically removed.

(KCPW News) Occupy Wall Street Protestors who camped out on an empty, private lot on State Street in downtown Salt Lake City are moving to the Gallivan Center, the Salt Lake Tribune reports, after the city offered up the space. Management of the property had voiced concerns over the occupation. About 25 protestors were on the space on 147 South, where Justin Kramer previously told KCPW that many planned to stay until they were physically removed. He said he and others were calling the Salt Lake City Police Department’s bluff.

“Either they don’t want to because of the bad publicity, because they’re knowing that there’s actually a lot of public support for this, or they legally don’t have the jurisdiction to remove us from this land at this point,” he said. “I know there is talks about getting some permits elsewhere, but right here is more a front of action.”

Kramer says the movement felt it had to grow beyond Pioneer Park and get the message to another segment of Salt Lake City.

“We’ve got a Chase building right there, right behind it Goldman Sachs. We got the Federal Office building right here, the Federal Reserve right here. We’re right in the heart of the people we want to be preaching to,” he says.

The Tribune reports the protestors thanked and applauded Police Chief Chris Burbank for helping facilitate the peaceful move to the Gallivan Center.

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