Occupy Cleveland cancels 'May Day' rally, says bomb suspects involved with movement

CLEVELAND - Occupy Cleveland canceled a scheduled rally Tuesday after a group of men connected to the organization were arrested by the FBI.

In a news release, Occupy Cleveland said the five men arrested in a terror plot to blow up the Route 82 bridge in Brecksville were "in no way representing or acting on behalf of Occupy Cleveland" and Occupy is rooted in non-violent principles.

Members of the movement were set to rally at the GE Lighting building in Cleveland in protest of outsourcing of jobs and corporate greed.

The rally was tied into May Day, a day typically associated with protests for workers' rights.

According to an FBI affidavit, the group of suspects arrested in the terror plot talked about targeting cargo ships on May 1, the day of the "fest."

"Ships are a 'd--n good target," one suspect Douglas Wright allegedly said during a meeting with the other suspects, adding that all of the cops would be downtown for May Day.

Another suspect, Brandon Baxter, then allegedly said, "May 1st is going to be crazy."

Here are the names of the other three suspects: Anthony Hayne, Connor Stevens, Joshua Stafford.

According to the FBI, the suspects showed interest in causing financial damage through attacks. Baxter advised the group that blowing up the Detroit Superior Bridge would would not stop money flowing to the "One Percent."

The "One Percent" is a mantra used by the Occupy movement to represent the wealth of the top one percent in comparison to the other 99 percent. Main targets of the movement are large corporations and the global financial system.

The affidavit also said the suspects discussed targeting the opening of the downtown casino, the Federal Reserve Bank and financial institution signs atop high-rise buildings in downtown Cleveland.

A member of Occupy Cleveland said he saw all five suspects at a meeting for the organization Sunday. He said he considered three of them friends and they never talked about anything violent with him.

Three of the suspects had references to Occupy Cleveland on what appeared to be their Facebook pages. Brandon Baxter , Joshua Stafford and Tony Hayne all said on Facebook that they worked at #OccupyCleveland and live in Cleveland, Ohio .

Occupy movements through the U.S. planned May Day protests Tuesday targeting U.S. financial policies. Reports said they hoped it would be a day that would help revitalize the movement.

Occupy Cleveland tweeted Tuesday afternoon "Occupy Cleveland is shocked by these allegations. We continue to be committed to creating social change through non-violence."

Print this article Back to Top

Comments

Brecksville bridge bomb plot

Failed bomb plotter Joshua Stafford appeals conviction Failed bomb plotter Joshua Stafford appeals conviction

The last of five defendants sentenced in a failed anti-Wall Street plot to bomb a highway bridge in Ohio has appealed his conviction and 10-year sentence.

Man guilty in northeast Ohio bridge bomb plot, Joshua Stafford, sentenced to 10 years in jail Man guilty in northeast Ohio bridge bomb plot, Joshua Stafford, sentenced to 10 years in jail

One of the five men found guilty for their roles in a conspiracy to destroy a northeast Ohio bridge received his sentence Monday.

Sentencing set for fifth bomb plot defendant Joshua Stafford Sentencing set for fifth bomb plot defendant Joshua Stafford

The last of five defendants in a failed anti-Wall Street plot to bomb a highway bridge near Cleveland faces sentencing after losing another bid for leniency.

VIDEO: Men in Brecksville bomb plot place dud explosives at Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge VIDEO: Men in Brecksville bomb plot place dud explosives at Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge

Video released on Friday shows a group of men attempting to blow up the Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge last year.

Brecksville bridge bomb plot suspect Joshua Stafford found guilty on three counts Brecksville bridge bomb plot suspect Joshua Stafford found guilty on three counts

The fifth suspect in the Brecksville bomb plot was found guilty on two counts of using weapons of mass destruction and one count of explosions materials.

Final defendant, Joshua Stafford, testifies at Brecksville bridge bomb plot trial Final defendant, Joshua Stafford, testifies at Brecksville bridge bomb plot trial

The last of five suspects in a failed Ohio plot to bomb a highway bridge has taken the stand in his defense.

Prosecutor: Brecksville suspect planned to use to detonate bomb Prosecutor: Brecksville suspect planned to use to detonate bomb

A prosecutor says an Ohio bridge bomb-plotting suspect planned to use a phone to detonate what he thought were real explosives.

Jury selected for trial of bridge bomb plot suspect Joshua Stafford Jury selected for trial of bridge bomb plot suspect Joshua Stafford

The jury has been chosen in the case of Joshua Stafford, the last of five bridge bomb-plotting suspects, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Bridge bomb plot suspect Joshua Stafford to represent self at trial Bridge bomb plot suspect Joshua Stafford to represent self at trial

The last of five bridge bomb-plotting suspects in northeast Ohio is headed to trial and the defendant will represent himself.

Brecksville bomb suspect allowed to represent himself Brecksville bomb suspect allowed to represent himself

A federal judge will allow the last of five bridge bomb-plotting suspects in northeast Ohio to represent himself at trial.