An Ohio appeals court decision has opened the door for Occupy Cleveland protesters -- or anyone else -- to stage late-night demonstrations in the city's Public Square.
CLEVELAND - A small town is starting to form on Public Square in Cleveland. The protesters that call themselves, "Occupy Cleveland," have been in downtown Cleveland since last Thursday protesting everything from corporate greed to the way the United States government is operating.
The protesters have set up on the sidewalk on West Roadway on the outer edge of Public Square. The area is surrounded by homemade signs hanging on a rope tied to trees. Inside the rope and signs, the protesters have set up a few tables with food that has been donated, sleeping bags and blankets and even a laptop with Internet access to push their message to social media.
The whole point, organizers said, of Occupy Cleveland is to make downtown their "home." They said they will not leave until they see some change in America.
They have permits from city officials until October 17, 2011. Then, they will have to re-apply for more permits. So far, they have had very peaceful demonstrations and said they have not seen much resistance from the public or police.
The group said it hopes to get national recognition as more groups gather to demonstrate in other cites around America. The Cleveland group said its goal, as a whole, is to make the change they said America desperately needs for a better future.
Occupy Cleveland Stories
Video from a documentary recorded last fall reveals new insight about one of the men accused in the plot to blow up a northeast Ohio bridge.
Appearing in court for the first time since their arraignment, last week all five men indicted in plot to blow up an Cleveland-area bridge plead not guilty.
Dozens of members of Occupy Cleveland showed up at a Cleveland courthouse to support the five people charged in connection with an alleged plot to blow up a northeast Ohio bridge.
A city councilman who has served as a liaison to the Occupy movement said Thursday that bomb plotting charges against five men associated with Occupy Cleveland show the group needs to watch for troublemakers.
At about 3 a.m. Thursday morning Cleveland police and city officials took down the tent set up in Public Square by Occupy Cleveland members.
A Kent State University professor says the suspects in the Brecksville bridge bomb plot are probably not domestic terrorists, but are part of a lost, anger-filled group.
The city of Cleveland is not renewing Occupy protesters' permit allowing a permanent encampment. The decision comes two days after allegations that some members plotted to bomb a nearby bridge.
Occupy Cleveland canceled a scheduled rally Tuesday after a group of men connected to the organization were arrested by the FBI.
Occupy protesters are back in the national spotlight after a weekend of violent clashes. And some people are being told move out or risk arrest. Occupy Cleveland says they've been targeted as well.