BALTIMORE - There are new developments in the “Occupy Baltimore” protests this morning. The group has gained hundreds of supporters from six powerful groups in the city.
“ Occupy Baltimore ” is in McKeldin Square at the Inner Harbor and the protesters say they don't have any plans of leaving.
A group of labor leaders are asking Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake not to force the protesters out of the city.
They feel it would be in the city's best interest to continue dialogue.
“Occupy Baltimore” has been in the city since October 4th.
The city is now asking the protestors to limit their overnight encampment to just two people instead of the 30 or more that are staying overnight now.
Tent city has grown and there are issues ranging from sanitation to trespassing. “Occupy Baltimore” says this is the only way to get their message out.
The mayor says she does not want to curtail free speech. But there has been hostility and arrests at Wall Street protest sites in other cities and she has no interest in a violent exchange with Baltimore protesters.
The central theme for the protesters is what they call inequalities that exist in society and how they should be addressed.
Protesters say they are here to stay and they are willing to work with the city-- but they are not going to leave.
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