Occupy CoMO Prepares for Winter, Legal Challenges
COLUMBIA - Occupy CoMO organizers said Thursday the oncoming winter months will not stall the movement.
Occupy CoMO is about to enter its third month and has recently been in conflict with the city over its encampment at City Hall in Columbia. City workers removed a tent placed at City Hall, as well as some supplies, and placed them in storage. City officials said the tent violated a city ordinance intended to keep the sidewalks free from obstructions.
Occupy CoMO said the ordinance in question is too vague to allow for charges against the group, though the tent is being held for evidence by the Columbia Police Department.
Occupy CoMO organizers said they intend to rent office space for the winter to keep supplies, as well as issuing supply packs for "occupiers" intending to stay overnight. Several participants said while they may night stay overnight, the cold weather will not keep them from showing up in the day time to protest.