Tuesday at noon, a handful of leftists calling themselves “Occupy Louisville” will pretend to "occupy" a small patch of green space at 5th Street and West Main, on Louisville's Belvedere, in support of those who have been doing the same on Wall Street for several weeks now. This is apparently unrelated to the famous “Keep Louisville Weird” campaign.
On its Facebook page, Occupy Louisville presents its raison d'être: “We the people have found our voice! We are the 99%! Louisville, Kentucky stands with the rest of the nation in solidarity with those occupying Wall St. We are here to unite with the rest of the nation in peaceful, non-partisan, leaderless protest against the monied corruption of our democracy.”
The local group has “expressed solidarity” with the “proposed demands” of the Occupy Wall Street folks:
This list of demands was promulgated by a gentleman named Lloyd J. Hart, of Martha’s Vinyard, Mass., who promises: “These demands will create so many jobs it will be completely impossible to fill them without an open borders policy.”
Our fellow Arena writer Keith Rouda, in a piece last week about Occupation Louisville, predicted: “If the ‘occupation’ persists on Wall Street, and if it takes hold in Louisville, and Denver, and Houston, and Columbus, and Boston, and Seattle, and Tampa, and Minneapolis... the establishment will eventually be forced to compromise.”
Don’t count on it, Keith.
The London Daily Telegraph reports:
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